A Guidebook for Integrated Ecological Assessments by Mark E. Jensen, Patrick S. Bourgeron

By Mark E. Jensen, Patrick S. Bourgeron

Ecosystem administration calls for a making plans and decision-making method that areas land use in its applicable ecological context. simply because ecological tests has to be carried out at a variety of spatial scales and throughout jurisdictional limitations, methods to review has to be suitable and in step with one another. A Guidebook for built-in EcologicalAssessment analyzes tools and gives criteria and protocols for review and the combination of data.

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For example, the occurrence of large-scale fires in an area can greatly alter vegetative patterns; consequently, maps of existing vegetation would need to be revised or rebuilt following such an event. Species distributions, existing vegetation, roads, land use, fire occurrence, and human activity and values are all examples of dynamic information that needs to be spatially referenced in the assessment process. Interpretation of change in ecosystem status can be improved by overlaying such information on appropriate biophysical environment maps: assessments of ecosystem health or condition are most efficiently described by contrasting the existing condition of an area with other managed or unmanaged areas that occur on similar biophysical environments.

Zonneveld, I. , eds. Vegetation mapping. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2 A Theoretical Framework for Ecological Assessment S. J. Turner and Alan R. 1 Introduction Ecological assessment of natural and human-managed systems need not be a shot in the dark or a hopeful guess about processes and impacts. There is a surprisingly large body of theory that can inform ecological assessment and the prediction of change for ecosystems. This body of theory can be used to structure the way that we investigate systems, the way we interpret the results of our investigations, and the management decisions that we make based on the assessment.

Volume II: Ecosystem management: principles and applications. PNW-GTR-318. S. Dept. , For. , Pacific Northw. Res. Sta. Jensen, M. ; Everett, R 1994. An overview of ecosystem management principles. In: Jensen, M. ; Bourgeron, P. , tech. eds. Volume II: Ecosystem management: principles and applications. PNW-GTR-318. S. Dept. , For. , Pacific Northw. Res. : 6-15. ; Bourgeron, Patrick; Everett, Richard; Goodman, Iris. 1996. Ecosystem management: a landscape ecology perspective. J. Amer. Water Resour.

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