The state of ecosystems, biological communities and species are continuously changing as a result of both natural processes and the activities of humans. In order to detect and understand these changes, effective ecological monitoring programmes are required. This book offers an introduction to the topic and provides both a rationale for monitoring and a practical guide to the techniques available. Written in a nontechnical style, the book covers the relevance and growth of ecological monitoring, the organizations and programmes involved, the science of ecological monitoring and an assessment of methods in practice, including many examples from monitoring programmes around the world. Building on the success of the first edition, this edition has been fully revised and updated with two additional chapters covering the relevance of monitoring to the reporting of the state of the environment, and the growth of community based ecological monitoring.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 410
Weight: 930 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 24 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
'... excellent and well written book ... the second edition of Monitoring Ecological Change is the equal of the first in accessibility, clarity and comprehensiveness. ... This highly technical and often complex subject matter is rendered clear and accessible ... this is a timely and useful addition to the literature. Spellerberg has managed to improve on an already impressive piece of work and I am sure it will be read, reread, and used by undergraduate and postgraduate students, practitioners, and fellow academics.' Biologist
'I recommend this book as introductory teaching tool mainly for the undergraduate and graduate students and also for research fellows and practitioners as it offers a profound insight into the science and practice of ecological monitoring, considering different levels of biodiversity and including examples from a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.' Phytocoenologia
"...should be present in any ecological library, as it will present the researcher with a way in to a wide, diverse and expanding subject."
Times Higher Education Supplement
"Accessible to non-specialists, this book is a good introductory teaching tool that will leave the student with a thorough grounding in the science of ecological monitoring." Northeastern Naturalist