Integration of Ecosystem Theories: A Pattern

  • Sven Erik Jørgensen

Part of the Ecology & Environment book series (ECOLEN, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-11
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  15. Back Matter
    Pages 351-383

About this book


Ecosystems are still a puzzle for mankind. We would like to be able to know their reactions and control them, but repeatedly we have been surprised by their unexpected reactions to our somewhat hasty actions. We unfortunately have to admit that our present knowledge about ecosystems and their true nature is rather limited. Many excellent contributions to a more profound understanding of ecosystems have been launched during the last two decades, but if you do not know the field, it looks as if all the presented ecosystem theories are in complete discord with each other. However, ecosystems are extremely complex and only a pluralistic view will be able to reveal their basic properties. The different approaches therefore have much in common, when you go deeper into the core material, than the first superficial more glance will be able to tell and there is therefore a natural need for a unification of the various approaches to ecosystem theories. It has for many years been my desire to attempt to make a unification of the many excellent thoughts, ideas and observations about ecosystems, that scientists have contributed. These thoughts, ideas and hypotheses have not been made in vain.


ecology ecosystem energy entropy environment

Authors and affiliations

  • Sven Erik Jørgensen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental ChemistryRoyal Danish School of PharmacyCopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5187-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2682-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0929-0281
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