Linking Restoration and Ecological Succession / Edition 1

Linking Restoration and Ecological Succession / Edition 1

by Lawrence R. Walker, Joe Walker, Richard J. Hobbs
     
 

Natural and human-created ecosystems provide the goods and services necessary for our well-being and economy. Yet over the past century exploitation of the planet's natural resources has reached alarming levels. The need to restore many degraded areas has become urgent, but how is this best achieved? Many attempts fail because restoration programs ignore much of the… See more details below

Overview

Natural and human-created ecosystems provide the goods and services necessary for our well-being and economy. Yet over the past century exploitation of the planet's natural resources has reached alarming levels. The need to restore many degraded areas has become urgent, but how is this best achieved? Many attempts fail because restoration programs ignore much of the scientific knowledge available about ecological succession and how communities assemble. While studies of ecological restoration and ecological succession have been published independently, there is much potential synergy between these approaches that has not been adequately explored. Linking Restoration and Ecological Succession integrates practical information from restoration projects around the world with the latest developments in successional theory.

This innovative book recognizes the critical roles of disturbance ecology, landscape ecology, ecological assembly, invasion biology, ecosystem health, and historical ecology in ecosystem restoration and argues that restoration within a successional context will best utilize the lessons from each of these disciplines. To successfully restore an ecosystem that needs minimal care, the temporal dynamics of successional processes must be considered. By re-examining restoration in the light of succession, the authors hope to encourage the development of new approaches to the practice of restoration supported by solid ecological principles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387353029
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
02/13/2007
Series:
Springer Series on Environmental Management
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     v
Contributing Authors     ix
Forging a New Alliance Between Succession and Restoration   Lawrence R. Walker   Joe Walker   Roger del Moral     1
Insights Gained from Succession for the Restoration of Landscape Structure and Function   Roger del Moral   Lawrence R. Walker   Jan P. Bakker     19
Aboveground-Belowground Linkages, Ecosystem Development, and Ecosystem Restoration   David A. Wardle   Duane A. Peltzer     45
Retrogressive Succession and Restoration on Old Landscapes   Joe Walker   Paul Reddell     69
Succession and Restoration of Drained Fens: Perspectives from Northwestern Europe   Joachim Schrautzer   Andreas Rinker   Kai Jensen   Felix Muller   Peter Schwartze   Klaus Dierben     90
Manipulation of Succession   Karel Prach   Rob Marrs   Petr Pysek   Rudy van Diggelen     121
Restoration as a Process of Assembly and Succession Mediated by Disturbance   Richard J. Hobbs   Anke Jentsch   Vicky M. Temperton     150
Integrating Restoration and Succession   Richard J. Hobbs   Lawrence R. Walker   Joe Walker     168
Glossary     181
Index     187

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