Current Perceptions and Applicability of Ecosystem Analysis to Impact Assessment
Creators:Auerbach, Stanley I.
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science. v78, n4 (July, 1978), 163-174
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.
Author Institution: Envrionmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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