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Ana Ramos. Mohamed Behnassi. Biodiversity and Wind Farms in Portugal. The external agenda to be addressed by science and its application is the complex interaction of human population size, culture, and economics with ecological systems. Resilience in ecology and urban design : linking theory and practice for sustainable cities by Steward T Pickett 18 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide Communicates sound, up-to-date ecological principles to the urban design community to help improve the ecological function of designed and built landscapes Identifies novel environmental research directions needed to support basic urban ecology as well as sustainable and resilient urban design Articulates new criteria for assessing good ecological urban design while engaging the design imagination Contributions by leading voices in the design and ecological communities The contributors to this volume propose strategies of urgent and vital importance that aim to make today's urban environments more resilient.
Resilience, the ability of complex systems to adapt to changing conditions, is a key frontier in ecological research and is especially relevant in creative urban design, as urban areas exemplify complex systems. With something approaching half of the world's population now residing in coastal urban zones, many of which are vulnerable both to floods originating inland and rising sea levels, making urban areas more robust in the face of environmental threats must be a policy ambition of the highest priority.
The complexity of urban areas results from their spatial heterogeneity, their intertwined material and energy fluxes, and the integration of social and natural processes.
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All of these features can be altered by intentional planning and design. The complex, integrated suite of urban structures and processes together affect the adaptive resilience of urban systems, but also presupposes that planners can intervene in positive ways. It aims to integrate a formerly atomized dialog to help both disciplines promote urban resilience.
Biodiversity in drylands : toward a unified framework by Moshe Shachak 6 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide This is the first international volume in the ""Long Term Ecological Research Network"" series. The book summarizes the state of knowledge about biodiversity in drylands, and seeks to identify questions and strategies for future research and to lay out guidelines for management of biodiversity in desert and semi desert regions.
The continuing sensitivity of drylands to desertification, the fact that they occupy 40 per cent of the world's terrestrial area, and the increasing human populations in these regions, make the understanding of their biodiversity and its changes over time of central imp. Increasing acknowledgment of the importance of scale testifies to the shifting focus in large areas of ecology. This aspect, equally important, is heterogeneity. What is heterogeneity? Does it differ from complexity?
Can heterogeneity be measured at various scales? Is heterogeneity apart of organization of ecological systems? How does it change in time and space? What are the causes of heterogeneity and causes of its change? This volume attempts to answer these questions. The coverage is thus broad and rich, and the contributing authors have been encouraged to range widely in discussions and reflections.
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The first group focuses on the conceptual foundations Chapters These papers exarnine the meaning of the term, historical developments, and relations to scale. Ecological understanding by Steward T Pickett Book 8 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide The need for integration of the contributions to theory made by different disciplines is a central theme, and the authors demonstrate that only through such integration will advances in ecological theory be possible.
Ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and other serious students of natural history will find this book an invaluable addition to their academic library. Humans as components of ecosystems : the ecology of subtle human effects and populated areas by Mark J McDonnell Book 21 editions published between and in English and Italian and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide This book, a product of the fourth Cary Conference, amply demonstrates the achievement of a major goal of all Cary Conferences.
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On the one hand, the influence of humans on ecosystems may be quite obvious, such as when a forest is cut. On the other, humans live within and among ecosystems, but ecologists largely have avoided making detailed and rigorous analyses of the more subtle effects that human activities generate. Indeed, most ecologists have sought out rather pristine or remote areas for study, rather than those which include humans. This book brings together a stimulating mix of disciplines to highlight and evaluate these problems, as well as the opportunities of including humans as integral components in studies of "natural- ecosystems.
An exciting dialogue has ensued. Hopefully this book will convey some of the excitement and challenges that were generated at this Cary Conference. An integrative approach to successional dynamics : tempo and mode of vegetation change by Scott J Meiners 14 editions published in in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide Much of what is considered conventional wisdom about succession is not as clear cut as it is generally believed. Yet, the importance of succession in ecology is undisputed since it offers a real insight into the dynamics and structure of all plant communities.
Part monograph and part conceptual treatise, An Integrative Approach to Successional Dynamics presents a unifying conceptual framework for dynamic plant communities and uses a unique long-term data set to explore the utility of that framework. Linking ecology and ethics for a changing world : values, philosophy, and action by Ricardo Rozzi Book 7 editions published between and in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide "Ecological sciences have informed environmental ethics from its inception as a scholarly pursuit in the s so much so that we now have ecological ethics, Deep Ecology, and ecofeminism.
Throughout the 20th century, however, most ecologists remained enthralled by the myth that science is value-free. Closer study of science by philosophers reveals that metaphors are inescapable and cognitively indispensable to science, but that metaphors are value-laden. As we confront the enormous challenges of the 21st century the prospect of a 6th mass extinction, acidifying oceans, rising sea level, and global warming ecologists can no longer remain aloof from public discourse about what actions to take to address these problems.
And that means that 21st century ecologists understand that right action is guided by ethics. However, integration of ethical ideas into academic curricula and ecologists research agendas is still meager. Earth stewardship : linking ecology and ethics in theory and practice by Ricardo Rozzi 5 editions published in in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide La 4e de couverture indique : "Earth Stewardship implies a paradigm shift that links facts and values, multiple forms of ecological knowledge and practices, and broadens the mission of the ecological sciences.
To confront global environmental change it is necessary, but not sufficient, to conduct long-term socio-ecological research. It is also necessary to act. Earth stewardship calls on ecologists to engage not only in the production of knowledge, but also in public discourse, decision making, education, and governance. As a means of engaging science and society in rapidly reducing current rates of anthropogenic damage to the biosphere, the Ecological Society of America ESA launched the Earth Stewardship Initiative in Since then, this call for action has been appealing not only to ecologists, but also to anthropologists, sociologists, engineers, economists, religion scholars, philosophers, conservation biologists, other professionals, decision makers, and citizens interested in environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
This book advances the Stewardship Initiative toward a planetary scale, presenting a range of ecological worldviews, practices, and institutions in different parts of the world and to use them as the basis for considering what we could learn from one another, and what we could do together.
Today, inter-hemispheric, intercultural, and transdisciplinary collaborations for Earth Stewardship are an imperative. Chapters document pathways that are being forged by socio-ecological research networks, religious alliances, policy actions, environmental citizenship and participation, and new forms of conservation, based on both traditional and contemporary ecological knowledge and values. The biocultural ethic emphasizes that we are co-inhabitants in the natural world; no matter how complex our inventions may become" Peter Raven.
Ecopolis : architecture and cities for a changing climate by Paul F Downton Book 2 editions published in in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide "In , for the first time in human history, half of the world's population will live in cities. Yet despite a wealth of literature on green architecture and planning, there is to date no single book which draws together theory from the full range of disciplines - from architecture, planning and ecology - which we must come to grips with if we are to design future cities which are genuinely sustainable.
Paul Downton's Ecopolis takes a major step along this path.