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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Interdisciplinarity in ecosystem management

Pujadas Botey, Anna Unknown Date
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Interdisciplinarity in ecosystem management

Pujadas Botey, Anna 11 1900 (has links)
Global environmental deterioration demands the involvement of the academic community. Ecosystem management is a discipline within ecology that is especially concerned about doing interdisciplinary research in order to solve environmental problems. However, it is not clear what interdisciplinary work means, what its purpose is, and how it is practiced among ecosystem management researchers. The research presented in this dissertation has the goal of understanding ecosystem management researchers perspectives and practices concerning interdisciplinarity. It uses a pragmatic framework and a sequential mixed-methods research design to accomplish three particular objectives. First, it investigates the use of the term interdisciplinarity in the ecosystem management literature by evaluating citations and abstracts of 129 peer-reviewed, English language, journal articles via bibliometric analysis. Second, it explores the definition of interdisciplinarity among ecosystem management researchers by surveying 119 individuals using on-line questionnaires. Finally, it examines interdisciplinary perspectives among ecosystem management researchers by interviewing 15 key informants using semi-structured telephone interviews. Results show that ecosystem management researchers share a common understanding of what interdisciplinarity is. However, they are not especially concerned about discussing theoretical considerations of the concept of interdisciplinarity and its practice. In the context of the opportunities and challenges interdisciplinary work presents for the ecosystem management field, the research discusses the role of a deeper engagement with theories of interdisciplinarity. It encourages theoretical discussions of interdisciplinary work among ecosystem management researchers in order to enhance effective interdisciplinary research efforts and promote further contributions of ecosystem management to solving environmental problems.

Soft systems analysis of ecosystems

Shanmuganathan, Subana Unknown Date (has links)
This research is a case study evaluation of the use of self-organising map (SOM) techniques for ecosystem modelling to overcome the perceived inadequacies with conventional ecological data analysis methods. SOMs provide an analytical method within the connectionist paradigms of artificial neural networks (ANNs), developed from concepts that evolved from late twentieth century neuro-physiological experiments on the cortex cells of the human brain. The rate and extent at which humans influence environmental deterioration with commensurate biodiversity loss is a cause for major concern and to prevent further degradation by human impact, parsimonious models are urgently needed. Indeed, the need for better modelling techniques has never been so great. Ecologists and many national and international bodies see the situation as 'significantly critical' for the conservation of our global ecosystem to foster the continued wellbeing of humanity on this earth.The thesis investigates and further refines SOM based exploratory data analysis methods for modelling naturally evolving, highly diverse and extremely complex ecosystems. Earlier studies provide evidence on SOM ability to analyse complex forest and freshwater biological community structures at limited scales. On the other hand, growing concerns over conventional methods, their soundness and ability to model large volumes of data are seen as of little use, leading to arguments on the results derived from them. Case study chapters illustrate how SOM methods could be best applied to analyse often 'cryptic' ecosystems in a manner similar to that applied in modelling highly complex and diverse industrial system dynamics. Furthermore, SOM based data clustering methods, used for financial data analysis are investigated for integrated analysis of ecological and economic system data to study the effects of urbanisation on natural habitats.SOM approaches prove to be an excellent tool for analysing the changes within physical system variables and their effects on the biological systems analysed. The Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve case study elaborates on how SOM based approaches could be best applied to model the reserve's intertidal zone with available numeric data. SOM maps depicted the characteristic microclimate within this zone from ecological monitoring data of physical attributes, without any geographical data being added. This kind of feature extraction from raw data is found to be useful and is applied to two more case studies to study the slow variables of ecosystems, such as population dynamics, and to establish their correlation with environmental variations. SOM maps are found to be capable of distinguishing the human induced variations from that of natural/ global variations, at different scales (site, regional and global) and levels using regional and global data. Hence, SOM approaches prove to be capable of modelling complex natural systems incorporating their spatial and temporal variations using the available monitoring data, this is a major advantage observed with SOM analyses.In the third case study, potential use of SOM techniques to analyse global trends on the effects of urbanisation in environmental and biological systems are explored using the World Bank's statistical data for different countries. Many state and international institutions, concerned over global environmental issues, have made attempts to develop indicators to assess the conditions of different ecosystems. The enhancements with SOM approaches against the currently recommended indicator system based on information pyramid and pressure-state-response (PSR) models are elaborated upon.The research results of SOM methods for ecosystem modelling, similar to that applied to industrial process modelling and financial system analysis show potential. SOM approaches (i.e. cluster, dependent component, decision system and trajectories/ time series analyses) provide a means for feature extraction from the available numeric data at different levels and scales, fulfilling the urgent need for modelling tools to conserve our global ecosystem. They can be used to bridge the gap in converting raw data into knowledge to inform sustainable ecosystem management. Increasingly, traditional methods based on Before-After-Control-Impact (BACI) designs and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) are seen to be unsuitable for ecological data analysis, as they are unable to detect human induced environmental impacts from that of a natural cause. This thesis proves that SOM techniques could be applied to modelling not only a natural systems complexity but also its functioning and dynamics, incorporating spatial as well as temporal variations, to overcome the constraints with conventional methods as applied in other stated disciplines.

Biogeochemical response of a northeastern forest ecosystem to biosolids amendments /

Banaitis, Michael R., January 2007 (has links) (PDF)
Thesis (M.S.) in Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences--University of Maine, 2007. / Includes vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 72-83).

The vegetation and land use of a South African township in Hamanskraal, Gauteng

Van Niekerk, Carolina Elizabeth. January 2007 (has links)
Thesis (M.Sc.)(Botany)--University of Pretoria, 2007. / Includes summary. Includes bibliographical references.

Humboldt Bay historic & cultural resource characterization & roundtable /

Rohde, Jerry. Rohde, Jerry. Shuster, Merle. January 1900 (has links) (PDF)
"October, 2008." / Prepared for NOAA Coastal Services Center. "List of Preparers: Jerry Rohde [et al.]"--P. 135. Also available via the World Wide Web.

Macroinvertebrate relations with ecoregions and aquifers as influenced by the hydrology and water quality of western Texas spring ecosystems /

Maher, Jaimie E. January 1900 (has links)
Thesis (M.S.)--Texas State University--San Marcos, 2009. / Vita. Appendices: leaves A1:1-50, A2:1-20. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 67-74). Also available on microfilm.

Measuring the recreational value of changes in coral reef ecosystem quality in Jamaica the application of two stated preference methods /

Edwards, Peter E.T. January 2009 (has links)
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Delaware, 2009. / Principal faculty advisor: George R. Parsons, College of Marine & Earth Studies. Includes bibliographical references.

Vegetation degradation gradients and ecological index of key grass species in the south-eastern Kalahari, South Africa

Veldsman, Stephan Gerhardus. January 2009 (has links)
Thesis (M.Sc.)(Plant Science)--University of Pretoria, 2008. / Includes English summary Includes bibliographical references.

Effects of managed buffer zones on fauna and habitat associated with a headwater stream in the Indian Bay watershed in northeast Newfoundland /

Wells, Jacquelyn M., January 2002 (has links)
Thesis (M.Sc.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2003. / Includes bibliographical references.

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