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Value of long-term ecological studies

Likens, Gene; Andersen, Alan; Bowman, David M. J. S.; Bull, C. Michael; Burns, Emma; Dickman, Chris R.; Hoffmann, Ary; Keith, David; Liddell, M. J.; Lowe, Andrew J.; Metclafe, Daniel J.; Phinn, Stuart; Russell-Smith, Jeremy; Thurgate, Nikki; Wardle, G. M.; Lindenmayer, David B.


Long-term ecological studies are critical for providing key insights in ecology, environmental change, natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. In this paper, we briefly discuss five key values of such studies. These are: (1) quantifying ecological responses to drivers of ecosystem change; (2) understanding complex ecosystem processes that occur over prolonged periods; (3) providing core ecological data that may be used to develop theoretical ecological models and to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Austral Ecology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2011.02351.x


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