Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Soils and Sediments

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Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Soils and Sediments brings together the world's leading ecologists, systematists, and evolutionary biologists to present scientific information that integrates soil and sediment disciplines across terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems. It offers a framework for a new discipline, one that will allow future scientists to consider the linkages of biodiversity below-surface, and how biota interact to provide the essential ecosystemservices needed for sustainable soils and sediments.

Contributors consider key-questions regarding soils and sediments and the relationship between soil- and sediment- dwelling organisms and overall ecosystem functioning. The book is an important new synthesis for scientists and researchers studying a range of topics, including global sustainability, conservation biology, taxonomy, erosion, extreme systems, food production, and related fields. In addition, it provides new insight and understanding for managers, policymakers, and others concerned with global environmental sustainability and global change issues.

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Meet the Author

Diana H. Wall is director of the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, an international ecosystem research center, and professor in the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) was established by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 1969. It brings together natural and social scientists to identify emerging or potential environmental issues and to address jointly the nature and solution of environmental problems on a global basis.With its headquarters in Paris, France, SCOPE programs are conducted by volunteer scientists from every inhabited continent of the globe.

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Table of Contents

1 The need for understanding how biodiversity and ecosystem functioning affect ecosystem services in soils and sediments 1
Pt. I Ecosystem processes and the sustainable delivery of goods and services 13
2 The sustainable delivery of goods and services provided by soil biota
3 Ecosystem services provided by freshwater benthos 45
4 Marine sedimentary biota as providers of ecosystem goods and services
Pt. II Assessment of the vulnerability of critical below-surface habitats, functions, and taxa 99
5 Vulnerability to global change of ecosystem goods and services driven by soil biota
6 Vulnerability and management of ecological services in freshwater systems 137
7 Vulnerability of marine sedimentary ecosystem services to human activities
Pt. III Connections between soils and sediments : implications for sustaining ecosystems 191
8 Connecting soil and sediment biodiversity : the role of scale and implications for management
9 Cascading effects of deforestation on ecosystem services across soils and freshwater and marine sediments
10 Understanding the functions of biodiversity in soils and sediments will enhance global ecosystem sustainability and societal well-being 249
SCOPE series list 261
SCOPE soil and sediment biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (SSBEF) committee publications 265
SCOPE executive committee 2001-2004 269
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