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Integrated Assessment of Ecosystem Health

1st Edition

Edited by K.M. Scow, Graham E. Fogg, David E. Hinton, Michael L. Johnson

CRC Press

384 pages

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pub: 1999-10-12
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The new approach to ecosystem health is proactive. As a result, the scope of environmental studies is growing and the methods are evolving. Integrated Assessment of Ecosystem Health aggressively broadens the range of ecotoxicology to include its related fields.

The book begins with John Cairns, Jr.'s predictions and recommendations for the future ecotoxicology: "New goals must lead to new techniques…. the field of ecotoxicology is in the early stages of a major paradigm shift that is driven by three interrelated forces: 1) heightened interest in sustainable use of the planet, 2) protection of ecosystem , and 3) the shift from emphasis on avoiding deleterious effects to maintaining them in robust health."

Later chapters explore the integration of data, intrinsic remediation studies and the ever- increasing number of associated disciplines that are improving our environmental potential. Methodology, itself, is considered as an evolving tool, always in need examination and revision. Cairns, and his co-authors all advocate a constructive, offensive new form of ecoscience.

The consensus of scientists is clear: toxic threat and, especially, habitat destruction are the most important environmentl issues, today. The mandate from Integrated Assessment of Ecosystem Health is also decisive: expand the parameters of ecoscience. The future of life on earth depends upon our ability to grow and learn.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Genesis and Future of the Field of Ecotoxicology - Cairns


A Predictor of Seasonal Nitrogenous Dry Deposition in a Mixed Conifer Forest Stand in the San Bernardino Mountains - Arbaugh

Integrating Chemical, Water Quality, Habitat, and Fish Assemblage Data From the San Joaquin River Drainage, California - Brown

Subsurface Contaminant Fate Determination Through Integrated Studies of Intrinsic Remediation - Hooper

The Cantara Spill: A Case Study, Pesticide Transport in a Riverene Environment - Saviz

Distribution and Transport of Air Pollutants to Vulnerable California Ecosystems - Bytnerowicz

The History of Human Impacts in the Clear Lake Watershed (California) as Deduced From Lake Sediment Cores - Richerson


The Development of Cumulative Effects Assessment Tools Using Fish Populations - Munkittrick

Air Pollutants and Forests: Effect at the Organismal Scale - Fan

DNA Fingerprinting as a Means to Identify Sources of Soil-Derived Dust: Problems and Potential - Bruns

Microbial Proteins as Biomarkers of Ecosystem Health - Ogunseitan

Application of a Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) Method for Characterization of Microbial Communities in Agricultural Soils - Sudharshana

Air Pollution and Forests: Effects at the Landscape Level - Miller

Mercury in Lower Trophic Levels of the Clear Lake Aquatic Ecosystem, California - Suchanek


Resources at Risk: A Forest Fire-Based Hazard/Risk Assessment - Burton

Uncovering Mechanisms of Interannual Variability From Short Ecological Time Series - Jassby

Developing Realistic Air Pollution Exposure/Dose Criteria for Ecological Risk Assessments - Lefohn

Survey Methodologies for the Study of Ecosystem Restoration and Management: The Importance of Q-methodology - Woolley

The California Water Quality Assessment Spatial Database: A Preliminary Look at Sierra Nevada Riverine Water Quality - Pawley

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General