Ecosystem Ecology

Ecosystem Ecology

1st Edition - July 25, 2009

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  • Editor: Sven Erik Jorgensen
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444534668
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444534675

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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.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of the world’s ecosystems in a concise format
  • Covers aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Based on the best-selling Encyclopedia of Ecology
  • Full-color figures and tables support the text and aid in understanding


Ecologists, environmental scientists, and natural resource managers

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Part I: Ecosystems as Systems
    1. Introduction
    2. Ecosystem Ecology
    3. Ecological Systems Thinking
    4. Ecosystems
    5. Ecosystem Services
    6. Fundamental Laws in Ecology

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

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

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 521
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: July 25, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444534668
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444534675

About the Editor

Sven Erik Jorgensen

Sven Erik Jorgensen
Sven Erik Jørgensen was the professor emeritus in environmental chemistry at the University of Copenhagen. He received a master of science in chemical engineering from the Danish Technical University (1958), a doctor of environmental engineering (Karlsruhe University) and a doctor of science in ecological modelling (Copenhagen University). He was the honourable doctor at Coimbra University, Portugal and at Dar es Salaam University (Tanzania). In 1975 he founded the journal Ecological Modelling and in 1978 the ISEM (International Society of Ecological Modelling). He has received several awards, the Ruder Boskovic Medal, the Prigogine Prize, the Pascal Medal, the Einstein professorship at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Santa Chiara Prize for multidisciplinary teaching and the very prestigious Stockholm Water Prize. He has published 366 papers of which 275 were published in peer-reviewed international journals and he has edited or authored 76 books, of which several have been translated to other languages (Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese). He has authored a successful textbook in ecological modelling “Fundamentals of Ecological Modelling”, which was published as a fourth edition together with Brian Fath in 2011. It has been translated into Chinese and Russian (third edition). He authored a well received textbook in system ecology entitled “Introduction to Systems Ecology”. It was published as an English edition in 2012 and as a Chinese edition in 2013. He was editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Ecology, published in 2008, and of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Management, published in December 2012. He has taught courses in ecological modelling in 32 different countries. He is the editorial board member of 18 international journals in the fields of ecology and environmental management. He was the president of ISEM and he also was elected member of the European Academy of Sciences, for which he was the chairman of the Section for Environmental Sciences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, Copenhagen University, Denmark

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