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  • © 1998

Eco Targets, Goal Functions, and Orientors

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Table of contents (43 papers)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Introduction: Targets, Goals and Orientors

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Targets, Goals and Orientors

      • Felix Müller, Maren Leupelt, Ernst-W. Reiche, Broder Breckling
      Pages 3-11
  3. The Theoretical Approach: Tendencies of Ecosystem Development

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. Thermodynamic Orientors: Exergy as a Holistic Ecosystem Indicator: A Case Study

      • João C. Marques, Miguel Ã. Pardal, Søren N. Nielsen, Sven E. Jørgensen
      Pages 87-101
    3. Thermodynamic Orientors: A Review of Goal Functions and Ecosystem Indicators

      • Sven E. Jørgensen, Søren N. Nielsen
      Pages 123-136
    4. A Utility Goal Function Based On Network Synergism

      • Brian D. Fath, Bernard C. Patten
      Pages 161-176
    5. Quantifying Ecosystem Maturity — a Case Study

      • Werner L. Kutsch, Oliver Dilly, Wolf Steinborn, Felix Müller
      Pages 209-231
    6. Case Studies: Modeling Approaches for the Practical Application of Ecological Goal Functions

      • Søren N. Nielsen, Sven E. Jørgensen, Joao C. Marques
      Pages 243-254

About this book

This book introduces a new concept in ecosystem theory and discusses it in an interdisciplinary framework, originating in succession theory, network theory and thermodynamics. The central hypothesis claims that there are certain system attributes which are regularly optimized in the course of ecosystem development. Many of these orientators can also be interpretated as general attributes for self-organizing processes. As a result of the discussions, a new quality of a holistic environmental management is designed, capable of integrating the ideas of sustainability, ecological integrity, and ecosystem health.

Keywords

  • Ecology
  • biology
  • ecosystem
  • ecosystems
  • environment
  • environmental management
  • thermodynamics

Editors and Affiliations

  • Ökologie-Zentrum, Universität Kiel, Kiel, Germany

    Felix Müller, Maren Leupelt

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