Modelling community structure in freshwater ecosystems

S. Lek (Editor), M. Scardi (Editor), P.F.M. Verdonschot (Editor), J.P. Descy (Editor), Y.S. Park (Editor)

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The book presents approaches and methodologies for predicting the structure and diversity of key aquatic communities (namely diatoms, benthic macroinvertebrates and fish), under natural conditions and under man-made disturbance. Such an approach will make it possible to: 1) set up procedures for robust and sensitive ecosystem evaluation, based on the prediction of the expected community structure; 2) model community structure in disturbed ecosystems, taking into account all the relevant ecological variables; 3) test ecosystem sensitivity to natural and anthropic disturbance; and 4) explore specific actions to be taken for the restoration of ecosystem integrity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerlin (Germany) [etc.]
Number of pages518
ISBN (Print)9783540239406
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • aquatic communities
  • freshwater ecology
  • aquatic organisms
  • benthos
  • bacillariophyta
  • fish
  • population dynamics
  • mathematical models
  • aquatic ecosystems
  • population biology


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