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Routledge Handbook of Social and Ecological Resilience

Routledge Handbook of Social and Ecological Resilience

Author: Emily (University of Lund, Sweden) Boyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2019

In recent years the term resilience has emerged as a powerful concept for the analysis of adaptation to the threats to society and environment. It is now widely adopted in policy circles as a key pillar of sustainable development. This comprehensive handbook examines key features of social and ecological resilience in the context of emerging trends such as population growth, urbanisation, environmental degradation and a globalised market. The book reviews the conceptual origins of resilience and the key theoretical framing of resilience. In an unpredictable world that consists of vulnerabilities and risks, many people remain poor, marginalized, discriminated against and dependent on powerful elites. Given these circumstances, chapters show how resilience can help us to better understand ways that societies and institutions can continue to develop under stress for the benefit of human as well as biophysical systems. In particular, given that societies' needs and ecological boundaries are often seen to be in conflict, it is explained how resilience be used as a key concept to reconcile these differences. It can thus help to reformulate thinking about ecological governance and management formulations that are narrow and lack innovation and trigger ideas for creative transformation in society and environmental management. Written by leading international authorities, the volume represents a definitive overview and systematic evaluation of resilience as both a suitable theoretical lens and an operational concept through which to rethink relationships between society and environment.

Natural Infrastructure for Achieving Water Security The Role of Ecosystems in the Water Cycle

Natural Infrastructure for Achieving Water Security The Role of Ecosystems in the Water Cycle

Author: Mike Acreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2019

This book assesses the potential for delivering water management solutions through conserving or restoring the natural infrastructure of ecosystems and their interactions in the landscape.

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Author: Peter (Aberystwyth University, UK) Merriman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2019

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Author: Peter (Aberystwyth University, UK) Merriman Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2019

Marine Policy An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans

Marine Policy An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans

This textbook provides readers with a foundation in policy development and analysis, describing how policy, including legal mechanisms, are applied to the marine environment. It presents a systematic treatment of all aspects of marine policy, including climate change, energy, environmental protection, fisheries, mining and transportation. The health of marine environments worldwide is steadily declining, and these trends have been widely reported. Marine Policy summarises the importance of the ocean governance nexus, discussing current and anticipated challenges facing marine ecosystems, human activities, and efforts to address these threats. This new, fully revised edition has been updated throughout, including content to reflect the recent advances in ocean management and international law. Chapters on shipping, energy/mining and integrated approaches to ocean management have been significantly reworked, plus completely new chapters on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the impacts of climate change have been added. Pedagogical features for students are included throughout. Aligned with current course offerings, this textbook is an ideal introduction for undergraduates and graduate students taking marine affairs, science and policy courses.

Marine Policy An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans

Marine Policy An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans

This textbook provides readers with a foundation in policy development and analysis, describing how policy, including legal mechanisms, are applied to the marine environment. It presents a systematic treatment of all aspects of marine policy, including climate change, energy, environmental protection, fisheries, mining and transportation. The health of marine environments worldwide is steadily declining, and these trends have been widely reported. Marine Policy summarises the importance of the ocean governance nexus, discussing current and anticipated challenges facing marine ecosystems, human activities, and efforts to address these threats. This new, fully revised edition has been updated throughout, including content to reflect the recent advances in ocean management and international law. Chapters on shipping, energy/mining and integrated approaches to ocean management have been significantly reworked, plus completely new chapters on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the impacts of climate change have been added. Pedagogical features for students are included throughout. Aligned with current course offerings, this textbook is an ideal introduction for undergraduates and graduate students taking marine affairs, science and policy courses.

Measuring Dynamic Terrestrial Ecosystem Processes

Measuring Dynamic Terrestrial Ecosystem Processes

Author: Michael F. (University of California, Riverside, USA) Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/07/2019

Ecosystems contain black boxes in models and experiments especially with respect to soil processes and soil-aboveground linkages because of difficulties in observing and measuring dynamics driving ecosystem processes. This book will review different sensors and observation units and blend measurements into a review of dynamic ecosystem processes. The contributors will address management of Big Data processing and storage of large scale eco-informatics. Ecologists working in wildland, rangeland, forests and agricultural ecosystems will need this book. The book will serve as a text for training the next generation of ecologists in data collection, management, and scaling processes. Key selling features: * Summarizes information on a variety of sensors and observation units for measuring dynamic ecosystems * Describes the relationships between individual measurements and ecosystem processes * Recommends best practices with respect to installation and implementation of technologies * Includes review of the bioinformatic challenges facing the the acquisition of large amounts of date

Climate Variability and Ramifications on River Hydrology

Climate Variability and Ramifications on River Hydrology

Author: Netrananda Sahu Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/07/2019

This book is a detailed and timely documentation on recent climate variability phenomenon and ramifications on river hydrology; particularly Indo-Pacific climate impacts. For students and professionals it will serve as a brief explanation to land-ocean-atmosphere interactions and is an excellent introduction to hydrometeorological study. While it is well known that the Indo-Pacific climate largely influences large-scale phenomenon such as monsoons, it is unclear how such impacts manifest regionally, such as at a river catchment scale. The book will examine the direct impact of the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), ENSO and ENSO Modoki on the regional river discharges.

Ecosystem Modeling, Data Assimilation, and Prediction

Ecosystem Modeling, Data Assimilation, and Prediction

This book systematically describes a set of modeling skills for readers to progressively learn how to run and modify an existing model; apply a model to study ecological questions; develop a new model; use data assimilation techniques for model improvement; and do real- or near-time ecological forecasting for decision support. This book strives to balance among theoretical basis, technical details, and applications of ecosystem modeling for research, assessment, and decision support. The book uses plenty of examples to help the readers understand and master the modeling skills. Key selling features: Helps readers understand, implement and criticize models Does not require computer programming skills or deep knowledge of mathematics Describes a suite of medeling skills - modeling questions, building models, data assimilation Combines modeling with statistical analysis of models Introduces data assimilation, statistical analysis, MCMC, and decision supporting sytems

Humans and Lions Conflict, Conservation and Coexistence

Humans and Lions Conflict, Conservation and Coexistence

Author: Keith Somerville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2019

This book places lion conservation and the relationship between people and lions both in historical context and in the context of the contemporary politics of conservation in Africa. The killing of Cecil the Lion in July 2015 brought such issues to the public's attention. Were lions threatened in the wild and what was the best form of conservation? How best can lions be saved from extinction in the wild in Africa amid rural poverty, precarious livelihoods for local communities and an expanding human population? This book traces man's relationship with lions through history, from hominids, to the Romans, through colonial occupation and independence, to the present day. It concludes with an examination of the current crisis of conservation and the conflict between Western animal welfare concepts and sustainable development, thrown into sharp focus by the killing of Cecil the lion. Through this historical account, Keith Somerville provides a coherent, evidence-based assessment of current human-lion relations, providing context to the present situation. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of environmental and African history, wildlife conservation, environmental management and political ecology, as well as the general reader.

Humans and Lions Conflict, Conservation and Coexistence

Humans and Lions Conflict, Conservation and Coexistence

Author: Keith Somerville Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2019

This book places lion conservation and the relationship between people and lions both in historical context and in the context of the contemporary politics of conservation in Africa. The killing of Cecil the Lion in July 2015 brought such issues to the public's attention. Were lions threatened in the wild and what was the best form of conservation? How best can lions be saved from extinction in the wild in Africa amid rural poverty, precarious livelihoods for local communities and an expanding human population? This book traces man's relationship with lions through history, from hominids, to the Romans, through colonial occupation and independence, to the present day. It concludes with an examination of the current crisis of conservation and the conflict between Western animal welfare concepts and sustainable development, thrown into sharp focus by the killing of Cecil the lion. Through this historical account, Keith Somerville provides a coherent, evidence-based assessment of current human-lion relations, providing context to the present situation. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of environmental and African history, wildlife conservation, environmental management and political ecology, as well as the general reader.

Environmental Conflict and Cooperation Premise, Purpose, Persuasion, and Promise

Environmental Conflict and Cooperation Premise, Purpose, Persuasion, and Promise

Author: James R. Lee Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2019

Environmental Conflict and Cooperation explores the evolution of environmental conflict as a field of research and the study of cooperation as an alternative to war. Over four key Parts, James Lee navigates the contours of this growing field and paints a vivid framework for better understanding issues around environmental conflict and security: * 1. The premise of the field and its historic manifestations * 2. The definition and purpose of research * 3. The persuasions or types of environmental conflict and cooperation * 4. The promise of research in leading to better decision-making and to broaching new challenges. Over the course of these Parts, the author outlines the deep historic record of this discipline, arguing that it will play a key role in understanding important future trends. Utilizing a wide variety of case studies that range from ancient examples including conflict over the Cedars of Lebanon and the role of tin in the Peloponnesian Wars, to future-oriented scenarios including expanded island-building in the South China Sea and the global politics of geo-engineering, Lee highlights key concepts, metrics, and policy contexts that will test current understandings. He also examines a variety of research methods and provides examples of the ways in which such research can be used to inform policy improvements. This book will draw specific interest from students and scholars of environmental conflict and cooperation, as well as researchers of environmental politics and security studies.