Ecological Time Series / Edition 1

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Overview

This pioneering volume explores time series analysis and interpretation using a wide range of methods and examples from terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecology. The book challenges readers to discern interdisciplinary processes that can unify fields as diverse as climatology and epidemiology. The first section of the book explores the basic concepts of environmental analysis, reviews state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies, and offers innovative solutions to analytical problems of longer time series with special attention to climate change, providing the reader with the conceptual and methodological tools to analyze environmental data accurately. The second section examines a variety of time scales used to describe change, and the variability within and between different ecosystems, so that diverse systems may be studied in an integrated way. The final section of the book illustrates key concepts and themes, based on the results of major investigations in various time scales, including studies from arctic sites to human epidemiology. Investigating time series in the context of ecological functions such as population processes, community structure, and patch dynamics, this insightful volume will stimulate cross fertilization among the ecological disciplines. The broad spectrum of ideas and applications examined in this volume makes it a useful resource for all ecologists.

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Explores time series analysis and interpretation using a wide range of methods and examples from terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecology, investigating time series in the context of ecological functions such as population processes, community structure, and patch dynamics. The volume is divided into three parts: analysis and methodology; comparisons of scales; and processes and principles. The broad spectrum of ideas and applications examined make the volume a useful resource for all ecologists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780412052019
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/31/1994
  • Edition description: 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 494
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Analysis and methodology. Can ecological theory cross the land-sea interface? A modern view of applied time series analysis; The great ocean conveyer; Integration of spatial analysis in long-term ecological studies; A general review of dynamical systems; Analysis of long-time series; Part II: Comparisons of scales. Physical and biological scales of variability in lakes, estuaries, and the coastal ocean; Ecological variability at the land-sea interface; Scales of variability in the Central Pacific; Temporal variability in the North Atlantic; Planning long-term vegetation studies at landscape scales; Comparisons of ecological time series; Part III: Processes and principles. The problem of pattern and scale in ecology; Long-term environmental change; Physical dynamics and ecological processes: The North Atlantic model; Long-term trends in an Arctic ecosystem; Epidemiological approaches in ecological modelling; The invisible present; Ecological processes in time series.

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