Nutrients, food web and tropho-dynamic processes

Wilson, James G., and Devlin, Michelle (2013) Nutrients, food web and tropho-dynamic processes. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science , 135. pp. 1-4.

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Abstract

This volume presents the papers on the theme of nutrients and tropho-dynamic processes from the ECSA50 Venice 2012: Today's Science for Tomorrow's Management meeting. They illustrate how the application of cutting-edge techniques such as stable isotope analysis (SIA) together with improved analytical and synthetic procedures allow a much finer degree of definition in understanding system function. To this may be added increasingly sophisticated models, underpinned by ever more precise and detailed data, through which we can predict with greater and greater certainty the consequences of the changes Drivers, Pressures, States and Impacts on the system to shape the management Responses.

The papers improve our understanding of the limitations and uncertainties of the evaluation systems and their target values, but, whilst moving environmental management forward based on best science outcomes, we must not lose sight of the original goal of indices and other assessment measures such as those presented here. Progressively, we are able to fill gaps in the system, adding to our knowledge and hastening application of more developed analyses under which the status of the whole system and not just its component parts may be assessed.

Item ID: 32215
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1096-0015
Keywords: nutrients, food webs, dynamics, DPSIR, management
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2014 23:08
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 100%
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