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Ecosystem Organization of a Complex Landscape

Long-Term Research in the Bornhöved Lake District, Germany

Ecosystem Organization of a Complex Landscape by Otto Fränzle
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This book presents the major findings of a 12-year ecological study of the Bornhöved Lake District, situated some 30 km south of Kiel. Historically speaking, the present research scheme, like comparable long-term ecosystem studies at Göttingen, Bayreuth, München, and Berchtesgaden, has been conceived as the core of a comprehensive ecological surveillance system for Germany (Ellenberg et al. 1978). Comprising three interrelated components, namely an ecological monitoring network, comparative ecosystem research, and an environmental specimen bank, this system is intended to promote both ecological science and planning and policy. In this connection the geo- and bioscientifically based ecosystem research aims at understanding the structure and functions of systems, the natural equilibrium and stress tolerance of singular components and the entire system against changes and disturbances from within and from outside, and the relationships between diversity, productivity, and stability. Thus, ecosystem research forms the indispensable basis for the rational analysis of the comprehensive data sets made available by ecological monitoring networks and for the adequate selection of plant, animal, and soil specimens for environmental specimen banking purposes.
Springer Berlin Heidelberg; June 2008
406 pages; ISBN 9783540758112
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Title: Ecosystem Organization of a Complex Landscape
Author: Otto Fränzle; Ludger Kappen; Hans-Peter Blume; Klaus Dierßen
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