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Ecosystem administration calls for a making plans and decision-making approach that areas land use in its applicable ecological context. simply because ecological tests has to be carried out at numerous spatial scales and throughout jurisdictional obstacles, techniques to overview has to be suitable and in line with one another. A Guidebook for built-in EcologicalAssessment analyzes equipment and offers criteria and protocols for overview and the mixing of data.

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MacMahon, J. ; Parsons, D. ; Peterson, C. ; Turner, M. ; Woodmansee, R G. 1996. The scientific basis for ecosystem management. Ecol. Appl. 6:665-691. ; McNab, W. ; King, Thomas; Russell, Walter E. 1997. National hierarchical framework of ecological units. In: Boyce, Mark S; Haney, Alan, eds. Ecosystem management: applications for sustainable forest and wildlife resources. New Haven, CT, and London: Yale University Press: 181-200. ; Maxwell, T. 1994. Resolution and predictability-an approach to the scaling problem.

Natural variability: implications for ecosystem management. In: Jensen, M. ; Bourgeron, P. , tech. eds. Volume II: Ecosystem management: principles and applications. PNW-GTR-318. S. Dept. , For. , Pacific Northw. Res. : 80-94. Turner, M. G. 1990. Landscape changes in nine rural counties in Georgia. Photogramm. Eng. Remote Sensing 56:379-386. Urban, D. ; O'Neill, R. ; Shugart, H. , Jr. 1987. Landscape ecology: a hierarchical perspective can help scientists understand spatial patterns. BioScience 37:119-127.

This is the point of departure for this chapter. We stress the importance of identifying the appropriate observation and measurement criteria and the appropriate temporal and spatial scales for measurements. We also address the dynamics of change-how we can find out how ecological systems may be altered with time and how we can predict what may happen next. We begin with hierarchy theory and landscape ecology and move on to systems dynamics; we then use these concepts as a backdrop for making critical choices about ecological assessments.

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