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|Title:||Indicators for the Assessment of Thresholds and Points of Non-Return|
|Authors:||AUSTONI M.; CARDOSO ANA; DEVILLER GENEVIEVE; KAMBURSKA LYUDMILA; MARINOV Dimitar; SOMMA FRANCESCA; ZALDIVAR COMENGES JOSE'|
|Other Identifiers:||EUR 22130 EN|
|Type:||EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports|
|Abstract:||Ecological indicators are used increasingly to assess the conditions and/or status of ecosystems. Historically, the first approach was to develop indices based on a particular species or components, e.g. macrophytes, zooplankton, etc. In general, such indices are not broad enough to reflect the complexity of the ecosystem, as they do not include information at the structural, functional and system levels. To cope with these aspects new indices have been develop (for recent reviews see Rapport, 1995; Jørgensen et al., 2005) that try to synthesyze information at all ecosystem levels. In this project we are interested in evaluating indicators in terms of their potential to detect thresholds and point of non-return in coastal ecosystem.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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