Ecosystem Ecology

Edited by

  • Sven Erik Jørgensen, Emeritus Professor, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Jorgensen's Ecosystem Ecology provides a thorough and comprehensive overview of the world’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. This derivative volume based on the best-selling Encyclopedia of Ecology (published 2008) is the only book currently published that provides an overview of the world’s ecosystems in a concise format.
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Ecologists, environmental scientists, and natural resource managers 


Book information

  • Published: July 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53466-8

Table of Contents


Part I:  Ecosystems as Systems

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Ecosystem Ecology
Chapter 3: Ecological Systems Thinking
Chapter 4: Ecosystems
Chapter 5: Ecosystem Services
Chapter 6: Fundamental Laws in Ecology

Part II: Ecosystem Properties

Chapter 7:  Autocatalysis
Chapter 8:  Body Size Patterns
Chapter 9:  Cycling and Cycling Indices
Chapter 10: Ecological Network Analysis, Ascendency
Chapter 11: Ecological Network Analysis, Energy Analysis
Chapter 12: Ecological Network Analysis, Environmental Analysis
Chapter 13: Inderect Effects in Ecology
Chapter 14: Emergent Properties
Chapter 15: Self-organization
Chapter 16: Ecological Complexity
Chapter 17: Hierarchy Theory in Ecology
Chapter 18: Goal Functions and Orientors
Chapter 19: Energy
chapter 20: Overview of Ecosystem Types

Part III: Freshwater & Marine Ecosystems

Chapter 21: Coral Reefs
Chapter 22: Estuaries
Chapter 23: Freshwater Lakes
Chapter 24: Freshwater Marshes
Chapter 25: Lagoons
Chapter 26: Mangrove Wetlands
Chapter 27: Mediterranean
Chapter 28: Peatlands
Chapter 29: Riparian Wetlands
Chapter 30: Rivers and Streams I
Chapter 31: Rivers and Streams II
Chapter 32: Rocky Intertidal Zone
Chapter 33: Saline and Soda Lakes
Chapter 34: Salt Marshes
Chapter 35: Swamps
Chapter 36: Temporary Water
Chapter 37: Upwelling Ecosystems

Part IV:  Terrestrial Ecosystems

Chapter 38: Agriculture Systems
Chapter 39: Alpine Ecosystems and the High-Elevation Treeline
Chapter 40: Alpine Forest
Chapter 41: Biological Wastewater Treatment Systems
Chapter 42: Boreal Forest
Chapter 43: Botanical Gardens
Chapter 44: Caves
Chapter 45: Chaparral  
Chapter 46: Deserts
Chapter 47: Dunes
Chapter 48: Floodplains
Chapter 49: Forest Plantations
Chapter 50: Greenhouses, Microcosms and Mesocosms
Chapter 51: Landfills
Chapter 52: Polar Terrestrial Ecology
Chapter 53: Savanna
Chapter 54: Steppes and Praries
Chapter 55: Temperate Forest
Chapter 56: Tropical Rainforest
Chapter 57: Tropical Seasonal Forest
Chapter 58: Tundra
Chapter 59: Urban Systems
Chapter 60: Wind Shelterbelts