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 procedure that areas land use in its acceptable ecological context. simply because ecological tests has to be performed at a variety of spatial scales and throughout jurisdictional obstacles, ways to review has to be suitable and in line with one another. A Guidebook for built-in EcologicalAssessment analyzes equipment and gives criteria and protocols for evaluation and the combination of data.

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1993). The concept that ecosystems may have multiple limits, some more stable than others, should be considered in the design of ecological assessments. For example, the climax community is the endpoint of ecological succession and as such exemplifies an optimum operating point (Kay, 1991). However, after a disturbance, succession may proceed along multiple pathways, and a given pathway may stop before the endpoint of succession is reached. 3. Hierarchical organization of vegetation patterns and social systems along characteristic temporal and spatial scales.

Strategies of landscape design directed toward desired ecological condition objectives for management are best framed within a multiscale ecological assessment process. In this approach, desired ecological conditions are defined at different scales dependent on the specific issues at hand. Design objectives identified at broader scales are incorporated into management strategies for smaller ecosystems to ensure that activities at more localized levels are consistent with the larger plan. Multiscale ecological assessments enable decisions to be made from scale-appropriate information, and they place allocation and regulation decisions into the proper biophysical and social context, hence contributing to improved management decisions.

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