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Main Title Developing the Scientific Basis for Assessing Cumulative Effects of Wetland Loss and Degradation on Landscape Functions: Status, Perspectives, and Prospects.
Author Bedford, B. L. ; Preston, E. M. ;
CORP Author Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR. ;Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.
Publisher c1988
Year Published 1988
Report Number EPA/600/J-88/506;
Stock Number PB90-185307
Additional Subjects Topography ; Regional planning ; Land development ; Estimating ; Regulations ; Reprints ; Environmental protection ; Wetlands ; Mitigation ; Natural resources management ; Ecosystems
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB90-185307 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 06/15/1990
Collation 24p
The paper presents a synthesis of recent efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ecosystems Research Center at Cornell University to bring wetland science and regulation into alignment with the reality of the cumulative effects of wetland loss and degradation on entire landscapes and regions. It summarizes the status of present scientific understanding, discusses means by which to actualize the existing potential for matching the scales of research and regulation with the scales at which effects are observed, and provides guidelines for building a stronger scientific base for landscape-level assessments of cumulative effects. It also provides the outlines for a synoptic and qualitative approach to cumulative effects assessment based on a re-examination of generic assessment framework. A sound scientific basis for regulation will not come merely from acquiring more information on more variables. It will come from recognizing that a perceptual shift to larger temporal, spatial, and organizational scales is overdue. The shift in scale will dictate different, not necessarily more, variables to be measured in future wetland research and considered in wetland regulation. (Copyright (c) 1988 Springer Verlag.)