The riverine ecosystem synthesis [electronic resource] : toward conceptual cohesiveness in river science / James H. Thorp, Martin C. Thoms and Michael D. Delong
- Thorp, James H.
- Amsterdam ; Boston : Academic Press, 2008.
- 1st ed.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xv, 208 pages, 7 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
- Additional Creators:
- Thoms, Martin C. and Delong, Michael D.
- Framework for the Riverine Ecosystem Synthesis (RES); Introduction to the RES; Historical Perspectives on Lotic Concepts; Functional Process Zones along a River's Longitudinal Dimension; Hierarchical Patch Dynamics in River Networks; Some Proposed Model Tenets; Applying the RES to Individual Rivers; Defining the Hydrogeomorphic Character of a River Network; Applying Hierarchical Patch Dynamics in Lotic Research; Systems to Modern Working Rivers; Practical Applications of the RES; Concluding Remarks. and Introduction to the riverine ecosystem synthesis -- Historical and recent perspectives on riverine concepts -- Hierarchical patch dynamics in riverine landscapes -- The spatial arrangement of river systems : the emergence of hydrogeomorphic patches -- Defining the hydrogeomorphic character of a riverine ecosystem -- Ecological implications of the riverine ecosystem synthesis : some proposed biocomplexity tenets (hypotheses) -- Ecogeomorphology of altered riverine landscapes : implications for biocomplexity tenets -- Practical applications of the riverine ecosystem synthesis in management and conservation settings.
- This book presents the most comprehensive model yet for describing the structure and functioning of running freshwater ecosystems. This "riverine ecosystem synthesis" (RES) is a result of combining several theories published in recent decades, dealing with aquatic and terrestrial systems. New analyses are fused with a variety of new perspectives on how river network ecosystems are structured and function, and how they change along longitudinal, lateral, and temporal dimensions. Among these novel perspectives is a dramatically new view of the role of hydrogeomorphic forces in forming functional process zones from headwaters to the mouths of great rivers. Designed as a useful tool for aquatic scientists worldwide whether they work on small streams or great rivers and in forested or semi-arid regions, this book will provide a means for scientists to understand the fundamental and applied aspects of rivers in general and includes a practical guide and protocols for analyzing individual rivers. This combination of theoretical and applied analysis is quite unique in running freshwater ecology. Specific examples of rivers in at least four continents (Africa, Australia, Europe and North America) serve to illustrate the power and utility of the RES concept. . Develops the classic, seminal article in River Research and Applications, "A Model of Biocomplexity in River Networks Across Space and Time" which introduced the RES concept for the first time . Provides a guide to the practical analysis of individual rivers using the Riverine Ecosystems Synthesis and extends its use from pristine ecosystems to modern, human-modified rivers. . An essential aid both to the study fundamental and applied aspects of rivers, such as rehabilitation, management, monitoring, assessment, and flow manipulation of river networks.
9780080888002 (electronic bk.)
0080888003 (electronic bk.)
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- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-201) and index.
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