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Main Title Indicators for Monitoring Biodiversity: A Hierarchical Approach.
Author Noss, R. F. ;
CORP Author Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR. ;NSI Technology Services Corp., Corvallis, OR.
Publisher c1990
Year Published 1990
Report Number EPA/600/J-90/545;
Stock Number PB92-108117
Additional Subjects Biological indicators ; Species diversity ; Environmental monitoring ; Resource conservation ; Ecosystems ; Environmental impact assessments ; Genetics ; Terrestrial ecosystems ; Trends ; Implementation ; Environmental policy ; Natural resources management ; Vegetation ; Risk assessment ; Populations ; Reprints ; Biodiversity
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB92-108117 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 02/24/1992
Collation 12p
Biodiversity is presently a minor consideration in environmental policy. It has been regarded as too broad and vague a concept to be applied to real-world regulatory and management problems. The three primary attributes of biodiversity recognized by Jerry Franklin - composition, structure, and function - are expanded into a nested hierarchy that incorporates elements of each attribute at four levels of organization: regional landscape, community-ecosystem, population-species, and genetic. Indicators of each attribute in terrestrial ecosystems, at the four levels of organization, are identified for environmental monitoring purposes. Projects to monitor biodiversity will benefit from a direct linkage to long-term ecological research and a commitment to test hypotheses relevant to biodiversity conservation. A general guideline is to proceed from the top down, beginning with a coarse-scale inventory of landscape pattern, vegetation, habitat structure and species distributions, then overlaying data on stress levels to identify biologically significant areas at high risk of impoverishment. Intensive research and monitoring can be directed to high-risk ecosystems and elements of biodiversity, while less intensive monitoring is directed to the total landscape. In any monitoring program, particular attention should be paid to specifying the questions that monitoring is intended to answer and validating the relationships between indicators and the components of biodiversity they represent.