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A Functional Approach

Gordon Dickinson, Kevin Murphy

206 pages, parution le 15/12/2006 (2eme édition)


In examining both theory and applications, this book, through useful examples, provides a stimulating introduction to ecosystems. It examines the nature, types and characteristics of ecosystems as well as investigating the interactions between various systems and human actions.

Using functional ecology as the basis for applying the ecosystem concept in contemporary environmental science and ecology, this second edition of this highly successful volume has been updated to reflect the latest research. It incorporates a strengthened theme in the use of functional ecology in explaining how ecosystems work and how the ecosystem concept may be used in science and applied science, and coverage of the interactions between humans and ecosystems has been substantially bolstered with the addition of chapters on human impacts and large scale impacts on ecosystems, and global environmental change and the consequences for ecosystems.

Presented in a student-friendly format, this book features boxed definitions, examples, case studies, summary points, discussion questions and annotated further reading lists. It provides a concise and accessible synthesis of both ecosystem theory and its applications, and will be a valuable resource for students of environmental studies, ecology and geography.


  • The nature of ecosystems
  • How ecosystems work: operational and support functions
  • Energy flow and energetics
  • Material cycles in ecosystems
  • Ecosystems in high-stress environments: meeting environmental challenges
  • The role of disturbance and succession in ecosystem functioning
  • Life in a crowd: productive and intermediate ecosystems
  • Biomes - world ecosystem types
  • Human impacts on ecosystems: humans as an ecological factor
  • Large-scale human impacts on ecosystems
  • Global environmental change: ecosystem response and biosphere impacts
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Éditeur(s) Routledge
Auteur(s) Gordon Dickinson, Kevin Murphy
Parution 15/12/2006
Édition  2eme édition
Nb. de pages 206
Format 17,5 x 24,5
Couverture Broché
Poids 455g
Intérieur Noir et Blanc
EAN13 9780415332798
ISBN13 978-0-415-33279-8


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