Evaluating and Monitoring the Health of Large-Scale Ecosystems

  • David J. Rapport
  • Connie L. Gaudet
  • Peter Calow
Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Defining Ecosystem Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. José Jerónimo Amaral-Mendes, Eric Pluygers, Juliana Fariña
      Pages 77-93
    3. E. Martinko
      Pages 95-98
  3. Quantitative Indices for Ecosystem Health Assessment

  4. Dignostic Approaches

  5. Recovery and Rehabilitation of Large-Scale Ecosystems

  6. Methodological Issues in Design and Analysis of Ecosystem Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-358
    2. Timothy K. Kratz, John J. Magnuson, Peter Bayley, Barbara J. Benson, Cory W. Berish, Caroline S. Bledsoe et al.
      Pages 359-383
    3. Kenneth Sherman, Donna A. Busch
      Pages 385-430
    4. Connie Gaudet
      Pages 447-452
  7. Workshop Summary

    1. Peter Calow, David Rapport
      Pages 453-454
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 455-456

About these proceedings


Ecosystem health offers a fresh perspective on the management of natural resources and the environment. While some of the root concepts can surely be traced back to Aldo Leopold and even earlier, it is only in the recent decade that a substantial body of work has emerged on this topic. There is no question that a novel approach which is by its nature cross­ disciplinary, bridging the health and biological sciences, will initially raise a number of questions particularly pertaining to the use of metaphors and the validity of the analogy. This volume however goes beyond merely the philosophical dimensions of the subject by covering a number of case studies which have given rise to the development of promising quantitative methods for diagnosis and rehabilitation of ecosystems under stress. The focus of most studies is on regional ecosystems i.e. ecosystems of large scale. As such, the methods and approaches should have wide appeal to government agencies charged with the responsibility of sustainable development of regional ecosystems and natural resources. Health is one of those difficult concepts that everyone thinks they can define, until they come to try. We all have personal knowledge about health and illness and this makes the ecosystem analogy so potentially powerful. Yet it is also clear that the uncritical application of the concept could lead to overly simplistic approaches to analysis and management of ecosystem health.


Environmental Management Environmental Monitoring Umwelterkundung Umweltmanagement ecosystem environment Ökosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • David J. Rapport
    • 1
  • Connie L. Gaudet
    • 2
  • Peter Calow
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Environmental SciencesUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Soil and Sediment Quality SectionEnvironment CanadaHullCanada
  3. 3.Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology Department of Animal and Plant SciencesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-79466-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-79464-3
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