Monitoring Ecosystems

Monitoring Ecosystems

Interdisciplinary Approaches for Evaluating Ecoregional Initiatives


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Edited by David E. Busch and Joel C. Trexler; Foreword by Lance H. Gunderson

384 pages | 6 x 9

Often a commitment to large ecosystem initiatives is linked both conceptually and legally with requirements for ecological monitoring as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of management actions. Programs to determine ecosystem status and trends can contribute significantly to the resolution of difficult and contentious management questions, and can play a key role both in sharpening the focus of research questions and in developing adaptive approaches to resource management.

Monitoring Ecosystems brings together leading scientists and researchers to offer a groundbreaking synthesis of lessons learned about ecological monitoring in major ecoregional initiatives around the United States. Contributors?Donald L. DeAngelis, Lance H. Gunderson, Barry R. Noon, John C. Ogden, Craig J. Palmer, Keith M. Reynolds, Paul L. Ringold, John R. Sauer, Lawrence E. Stevens, and many others?present insights and experiences gained from their work in designing, developing, and implementing comprehensive ecosystem monitoring programs in the Pacific Northwest, the lower Colorado River Basin, and the Florida Everglades. The book:

  • outlines the conceptual and scientific underpinnings for regional-scale ecosystem monitoring
  • examines the role and importance of data management, modeling, and integrative analyses
  • considers techniques for and experience with monitoring habitats, populations, and communities
Chapters by the editors synthesize and expand on points made throughout the volume and present recommendations for establishing frameworks for monitoring across scales, from local to international.

Monitoring Ecosystems presents a critical examination of the lessons learned from direct experience along with generalized conclusions that can be applied to monitoring programs in the United States and around the world. It is a vital contribution to science-based monitoring efforts that will allow those responsible for developing and implementing ecoregional initiatives to make use of knowledge gained in previous efforts, enabling them to focus their energies on system-specific questions and problems.




PART I. Introduction

Chapter 1. The Importance of Monitoring in Regional Ecosystem Initiatives  


PART II. Principles of Ecosystem Monitoring Design

Chapter 2. Conceptual Issues in Monitoring Ecological Resources

Chapter 3. Design of an Ecological Monitoring Strategy for the Forest Plan in the Pacific Northwest

Chapter 4. Monitoring for Adaptive Management of the Colorado River Ecosystem in Glen and Grand Canyons

Chapter 5. Science Strategy for a Regional Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment Program: The Florida Everglades Example


PART III. Information Management and Modeling for Monitoring Programs

Chapter 6. The Use of Models for a Multiscaled Ecological Monitoring System

Chapter 7. Role of Knowledge-Based Systems in Analysis and Communication of Monitoring Data

Chapter 8. Approaches to Quality Assurance and Information Management for Regional Ecological Monitoring Programs

Chapter 9. Estimation of Change in Populations and Communities from Monitoring Survey Data


PART IV. Monitoring Habitats, Populations, and Communities

Chapter 10. Competing Goals of Spatial and Temporal Resolution: Monitoring Seagrass Communities on a Regional Scale

Chapter 11. Late-Successional Forest Monitoring in the Pacific Northwest

Chapter 12. Monitoring Wetland Ecosystems Using Avian Populations: Seventy Years of Surveys in the Everglades

Chapter 13. Setting and Monitoring Restoration Goals in the Absence of Historical Data: The Case of Fishes in the Florida Everglades

Chapter 14. Monitoring Biodiversity for Ecoregional InitiativesPART V. Summary and Synthesis

Chapter 15. Monitoring, Assessment, and Ecoregional Initiatives: A Synthesis




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384 pages | 6 x 9
publication year: 
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