A New Ecology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444531605, 9780080497396

A New Ecology

1st Edition

Systems Perspective

Authors: Sven Erik Jørgensen Sven Erik Jørgensen Brian Fath Simone Bastianoni Joao Marques Felix Muller S. Nors Nielsen Bernard Patten Enzo Tiezzi Robert Ulanowicz
eBook ISBN: 9780080497396
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444531605
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 16th May 2007
Page Count: 288
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Description

A New Ecology presents an ecosystem theory based on the following ecosystem properties: physical openness, ontic openness, directionality, connectivity, a complex dynamic for growth and development, and a complex dynamic response to disturbances. Each of these properties is developed in detail to show that these basic and characteristic properties can be applied to explain a wide spectrum of ecological obsevations and convections. It is also shown that the properties have application for environmental management and for assessment of ecosystem health.

Key Features

  • Demonstrates an ecosystem theory that can be applied to explain ecological observations and rules
  • Presents an ecosystem theory based upon a systems approach
  • Discusses an ecosystem theory that is based on a few basic properties that are characteristic for ecosystmes

Readership

Researchers of ecology and biodiversity, as well as agencies tasked with environmental management and sustainability

Table of Contents

Preface.
1. Introduction.
2. Ecosystems have openness (thermodynamic).
3. Ecosystems have ontic openness.
4. Ecosystems have directionality.
5. Ecosystems have connectivity.
6. Ecosystems have complex dynamics (growth).
7. Ecosystems have complex dynamics (disturbances).
8. Ecosystems have broad explanatory power in ecology.
9. Ecosystem principles have applications.
10. Conclusions and final remarks.
References.
Index.

Details

No. of pages:
288
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier Science 2007
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
eBook ISBN:
9780080497396
Hardcover ISBN:
9780444531605

About the Author

Sven Erik Jørgensen

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, Copenhagen, Denmark

Sven Erik Jørgensen

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, Copenhagen, Denmark

Brian Fath

Brian D. Fath is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA) and Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria). He teaches courses in ecosystem ecology, environmental biology, networks, and human ecology and sustainability. Dr. Fath has also taught courses on ecological networks and modeling in Portugal, Croatia, Denmark, China, France, and Germany. He held a Fulbright Distinguished Chair position at Parthenope University of Naples, Italy for spring 2012. He has published over 170 research papers, reports, and book chapters on environmental systems modeling, specifically in the areas of network analysis, resilience, and sustainability. He co-authored the books Flourishing Within Limits to Growth: Following nature’s way (2015), Ecological Modelling 4th ed. (2011), A New Ecology: Systems Perspective (2007) and is Editor-in-Chief for Encyclopedia of Ecology 2nd ed. (2018). He is also Editor-in-Chief for the journal Ecological Modelling; Secretary General for International Society for Ecological Modelling; and member and past Chair of the Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality. Dr. Fath was the 2016 recipient of the Prigogine Medal for outstanding work in systems ecology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Towson University, MD, U.S.A. Senior Research Scholar, Advanced Systems Analysis Program, IIASA, Austria

Simone Bastianoni

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Siena, Italy

Joao Marques

Affiliations and Expertise

IMAR, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Felix Muller

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Kiel, Germany

S. Nors Nielsen

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bernard Patten

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Georgia, Athens, U.S.A.

Enzo Tiezzi

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Siena, Italy

Robert Ulanowicz

Affiliations and Expertise

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Solomons, Maryland, U.S.A.

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