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Unravelling the impacts of micropollutants in aquatic ecosystems: interdisciplinary studies at the interface of large-scale ecology


Stamm, Christian; Räsänen, K; Burdon, F J; Altermatt, Florian; Jokela, J; Joss, A; Ackermann, M; Eggen, R I L (2016). Unravelling the impacts of micropollutants in aquatic ecosystems: interdisciplinary studies at the interface of large-scale ecology. In: Dumbrell, Alex J; Kordas, Rebecca L; Woodward, Guy. Large-Scale Ecology: Model Systems to Global Perspectives. London: Elsevier, 183-223.

Abstract

Human-induced environmental changes are causing major shifts in ecosystems around the globe. To support environmental management, scientific research has to infer both general trends and context dependency in these shifts at global and local scales. Combining replicated real-world experiments, which take advantage of implemented mitigation measures or other forms of human impact, with research-led experimental manipulations can provide powerful scientific tools for inferring causal drivers of ecological change and the generality of their effects. Additionally, combining these two approaches can facilitate communication with stakeholders involved in implementing management strategies. We demonstrate such an integrative approach using the case study EcoImpact, which aims at empirically unravelling the impacts of wastewater-born micropollutants on aquatic ecosystems.

Abstract

Human-induced environmental changes are causing major shifts in ecosystems around the globe. To support environmental management, scientific research has to infer both general trends and context dependency in these shifts at global and local scales. Combining replicated real-world experiments, which take advantage of implemented mitigation measures or other forms of human impact, with research-led experimental manipulations can provide powerful scientific tools for inferring causal drivers of ecological change and the generality of their effects. Additionally, combining these two approaches can facilitate communication with stakeholders involved in implementing management strategies. We demonstrate such an integrative approach using the case study EcoImpact, which aims at empirically unravelling the impacts of wastewater-born micropollutants on aquatic ecosystems.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Water quality; Experiments; Micropollutants; Stress ecology; Wastewater; Trophic interactions
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:25 Jan 2017 08:16
Last Modified:31 Mar 2017 07:03
Publisher:Elsevier
Series Name:Advances in Ecological Research
Number:55
ISSN:0065-2504
ISBN:978-0-08-100935-2
Additional Information:Chapter Four
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.aecr.2016.07.002

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