Disturbance and Ecosystems

Components of Response

  • Harold A. Mooney
  • M. Godron
Conference proceedings

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Biosphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Landscape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. D. A. Weinstein, H. H. Shugart
      Pages 29-45
  4. Ecosystem Functions

  5. Species Physiological Characteristics

  6. Population Characteristics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. P. H. Gouyon, R. Lumaret, G. Valdeyron, Ph. Vernet
      Pages 214-225
    3. P. Jacquard, G. Heim
      Pages 226-239
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 277-292

About these proceedings


The earth's landscapes are being increasingly impacted by the activities of man. Unfortunately, we do not have a full understanding of the consequences of these disturbances on the earth's productive capacity. This problem was addressed by a group of French and U.S. ecologists who are specialists at levels of integration extending from genetics to the biosphere at a meeting at Stanford, California, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. With a few important exceptions it was found at this meeting that most man-induced disturbances of ecosystems can be viewed as large­ scale patterns of disturbances that have occurred, generally on a small scale, in ecosystems through evolutionary time. Man has induced dramatic large-scale changes in the environment which must be viewed at the biosphere level. Acid deposition and CO increase are two 2 examples of the consequences of man's increased utilization of fossil fuels. It is a matter of considerable concern that we cannot yet fully predict the ecological consequences of these environmental changes. Such problems must be addressed at the international level, yet substantive mechanisms to do this are not available.


Landschaftsökologie Umweltbelastung biosphere ecosystem environment landscape ecology Ökosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • Harold A. Mooney
    • 1
  • M. Godron
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Systématique et d’Ecologie Méditerranéennes, Institut de BotaniqueUniversité des Sciences et Techniques du LanguedocMontpellierFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-69139-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-69137-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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