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Current Perceptions and Applicability of Ecosystem Analysis to Impact Assessment

Authors
Journal
The Ohio journal of science
0030-0950
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Biodiversity Heritage Library
Publication Date
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Geography

Abstract

A framework is presented for defining the environmental impact of a project on an ecosystem. The difficulties in assessing impacts at the ecosystem level are illustrated with examples drawn from theoretical considerations and nutrient cycling studies. The need for rigorous, quantitative analysis of ecosystem deviations from homeostasis and the subsequent implications of this deviation over long periods of time is illustrated and discussed in terms of individual and societal value judgments.

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