- Provides an overview of the world's ecosystems in a concise format- Covers aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems- Based on the best-selling Encyclopedia of Ecology - Full-color figures and tables support the text and aid in understanding
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Part I: Ecosystems as Systems
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Ecosystem Ecology Chapter 3: Ecological Systems Thinking Chapter 4: Ecosystems Chapter 5: Ecosystem Services Chapter 6: Fundamental Laws in Ecology
Part II: Ecosystem Properties
Chapter 7: Autocatalysis Chapter 8: Body Size Patterns Chapter 9: Cycling and Cycling Indices Chapter 10: Ecological Network Analysis, Ascendency Chapter 11: Ecological Network Analysis, Energy Analysis Chapter 12: Ecological Network Analysis, Environmental Analysis Chapter 13: Inderect Effects in Ecology Chapter 14: Emergent Properties Chapter 15: Self-organization Chapter 16: Ecological Complexity Chapter 17: Hierarchy Theory in Ecology Chapter 18: Goal Functions and Orientors Chapter 19: Energy chapter 20: Overview of Ecosystem Types
Part III: Freshwater & Marine Ecosystems
Chapter 21: Coral Reefs Chapter 22: Estuaries Chapter 23: Freshwater Lakes Chapter 24: Freshwater Marshes Chapter 25: Lagoons Chapter 26: Mangrove Wetlands Chapter 27: Mediterranean Chapter 28: Peatlands Chapter 29: Riparian Wetlands Chapter 30: Rivers and Streams I Chapter 31: Rivers and Streams II Chapter 32: Rocky Intertidal Zone Chapter 33: Saline and Soda Lakes Chapter 34: Salt Marshes Chapter 35: Swamps Chapter 36: Temporary Water Chapter 37: Upwelling Ecosystems
Part IV: Terrestrial Ecosystems
Chapter 38: Agriculture Systems Chapter 39: Alpine Ecosystems and the High-Elevation Treeline Chapter 40: Alpine Forest Chapter 41: Biological Wastewater Treatment Systems Chapter 42: Boreal Forest Chapter 43: Botanical Gardens Chapter 44: Caves Chapter 45: Chaparral Chapter 46: Deserts Chapter 47: Dunes Chapter 48: Floodplains Chapter 49: Forest Plantations Chapter 50: Greenhouses, Microcosms and Mesocosms Chapter 51: Landfills Chapter 52: Polar Terrestrial Ecology Chapter 53: Savanna Chapter 54: Steppes and Praries Chapter 55: Temperate Forest Chapter 56: Tropical Rainforest Chapter 57: Tropical Seasonal Forest Chapter 58: Tundra Chapter 59: Urban Systems Chapter 60: Wind Shelterbelts
Sven Erik Jørgensen was the professor emeritus in environmental chemistry at the University of Copenhagen. He received a master of science in chemical engineering from the Danish Technical University (1958), a doctor of environmental engineering (Karlsruhe University) and a doctor of science in ecological modelling (Copenhagen University). He was the honourable doctor at Coimbra University, Portugal and at Dar es Salaam University (Tanzania). In 1975 he founded the journal Ecological Modelling and in 1978 the ISEM (International Society of Ecological Modelling). He has received several awards, the Ruder Boskovic Medal, the Prigogine Prize, the Pascal Medal, the Einstein professorship at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Santa Chiara Prize for multidisciplinary teaching and the very prestigious Stockholm Water Prize. He has published 366 papers of which 275 were published in peer-reviewed international journals and he has edited or authored 76 books, of which several have been translated to other languages (Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese). He has authored a successful textbook in ecological modelling "Fundamentals of Ecological Modelling, which was published as a fourth edition together with Brian Fath in 2011. It has been translated into Chinese and Russian (third edition). He authored a well received textbook in system ecology entitled "Introduction to Systems Ecology. It was published as an English edition in 2012 and as a Chinese edition in 2013. He was editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Ecology, published in 2008, and of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Management, published in December 2012. He has taught courses in ecological modelling in 32 different countries. He is the editorial board member of 18 international journals in the fields of ecology and environmental management. He was the president of ISEM and he also was elected member of the European Academy of Sciences, for which he was the chairman of the Section for Environmental Sciences.