The design of integrated monitoring systems to provide early indications of environmental/ecological changes

Munn R E (1988). The design of integrated monitoring systems to provide early indications of environmental/ecological changes. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 11 (3): 203-217. DOI:10.1007/BF00394670.

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Abstract

One of the important goals of the next several decades is to achieve and maintain ecologically sustainable development of the biosphere. However, the management of ecological systems is rather difficult, largely because of uncertainties in long-term predictions of environmental and ecological behaviour. Thus, one of the objectives for integrated monitoring should be to provide early indications of impending changes so that mitigative actions can be taken.

This paper includes a discussion of the factors to be considered in the design of early-warning monitoring systems, and gives some examples. One approach that appears to be particularly promising is that of identifying, quantifying and monitoring the stresses, feedbacks and component lags in the environmental-ecological system being studied.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Acid Rain Program (ACI)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2016 14:03
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 11:11
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/12776

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