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Long-Term Ecological Research

Between Theory and Application

  • Felix Müller
  • Cornelia Baessler
  • Hendrik Schubert
  • Stefan Klotz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Felix Müller, Cornelia Baessler, Mark Frenzel, Stefan Klotz, Hendrik Schubert
      Pages 3-7
  3. The Significance of Ecological Long-Term Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Felix Müller, Albrecht Gnauck, Karl-Otto Wenkel, Hendrik Schubert, Michael Bredemeier
      Pages 11-25
    3. Claus-G. Schimming, Sabine Augustin, Rolf Karez
      Pages 39-55
  4. Exploring Long-Term Processes: International Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. James R. Gosz, Robert B. Waide, John J. Magnuson
      Pages 59-74
    3. Albrecht Gnauck, Sven E. Jørgensen, Bernhard Luther
      Pages 95-105
    4. Albrecht Gnauck, Bai-Lian Larry Li, Jean Duclos Alegue Feugo, Bernhard Luther
      Pages 107-129
    5. Patrick Hostert, Frederick Swayne, Warren B. Cohen, Jonathan Chipman
      Pages 131-142
  5. Concepts and Results: Presenting and Interpreting Long-Term Ecological Processes: Aquatic Ecosystem Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Justus E. E. van Beusekom, Christian Buschbaum, Martina Loebl, Peter Martens, Karsten Reise
      Pages 145-153
    3. Karina Stockmann, Ulrich Callies, Bryan F.J. Manly, Karen H. Wiltshire
      Pages 155-162
    4. Hendrik Schubert, Norbert Wasmund, Kevin G. Sellner
      Pages 163-178
    5. Peter Poschlod, Martijn Kos, Stephanie Roauer, Andreas Seemann, Oliver Wiesmann, Georg H. Zeltner et al.
      Pages 189-199
  6. Concepts and Results: Presenting and Interpreting Long-Term Ecological Processes: Terrestrial Ecosystem Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201

About this book


Ecosystems change on a multitude of spatial and temporal scales. While analyses of ecosystem dynamics in short timespans have received much attention, the impacts of changes in the long term have, to a great extent, been neglected, provoking a lack of information and methodological know-how in this area.

This book fills this gap by focusing on studies dealing with the investigation of complex, long-term ecological processes with regard to global change, the development of early warning systems, and the acquisition of a scientific basis for strategic conservation management and the sustainable use of ecosystems.

Theoretical ecological questions of long-term processes, as well as an international dimension of long-term monitoring, observations and research are brought together. The outcome is an overview on different aspects of long-term ecological research.

Concepts and results of case studies in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems are discussed. The different time dimensions, as well as scales from the community and ecosystems up to the landscape scale are included. Finally, research is linked with application in different fields of ecology, and urgent future infrastructural, methodological and research demands and challenges are described.

This book will be of interest not only to ecologists, conservation biologists, biodiversity scientists and environmentalists, but also to administrators of protected areas and natural resource managers.


Biodiversity Fauna ecosystem ecosystem dynamics ecosystems environment species diversity terrestrial ecosystem terrestrial ecosystems

Editors and affiliations

  • Felix Müller
    • 1
  • Cornelia Baessler
    • 2
  • Hendrik Schubert
    • 3
  • Stefan Klotz
    • 4
  1. 1.Ökologie-ZentrumUniversität zu KielKielGermany
  2. 2.Dept. BiozönoseforschungHelmholtz-Zentrum für UmweltforschungHalleGermany
  3. 3.Universität RostockRostockGermany
  4. 4.Dept. BiozönoseforschungHelmholtz-Zentrum für UmweltforschungHalleGermany

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“Each of the 30 chapters (written by 104 authors) deals with the conceptual issue of long-term research … . The book can serve as a source of arguments and ideas for grant proposals of those who are preparing any monitoring, as even short-term monitoring might be repeated in future and become long-term. The book is an excellent source of flow charts incorporating different scales, ecosystems subjects methods, etc … .” (Jitka Klimešová, Folia Geobot, Vol. 47, 2012)