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Quantitative Ecology : Measurement, Models and Scaling

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A follow-up to the highly successful first edition, this book reviews the manifold ways that scale influences the interpretation of ecological variation. As scale, magnitude, quantity, and measurement occupy an expanding role in ecology, this 2e will be an indispensable addition to individual and institutional libraries. In providing a context for resolution of ecological problems, ecologists will appreciate the significance of scale and magnitude addressed in this book. Written for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty researchers, this book synthesizes a burgeoning literature on the influences of scale.
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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 185.42 x 261.62 x 25.4mm | 952.54g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0126278652
  • 9780126278651
  • 1,770,678

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Quantitative Reasoning in Ecology
Chapter 2. Scale in Ecology
Chapter 3. Measured Quantities
Chapter 4. Units and Dimensions
Chapter 5. Rescaling Quantities
Chapter 6. Dimensions
Chapter 7. The Geography and Chronology of Quantities
Chapter 8. Quantities Derived from Sequential Measurements
Chapter 9. Ensemble Quantities: Weighted Sums
Chapter 10. Ensemble Quantities: Variability
Chapter 11. The Scope of Quantities
Chapter 12. The Scope of Research Programs
Chapter 13. Equations
Chapter 14. Coordinating Equations: Derivatives
Chapter 15. Equations and Uncertainty
Chapter 16. Power Laws and Scaling Theory
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"Quantitative Ecology is a worthwhile addition to the reference shelf, and will particularly speak to those coming from physical to environmental sciences. The author assumes very little prior knowledge of science or mathematics and introduces a wide range of terminology and notation using clear language and simple formulas. The text teaches students that com- plex environmental questions (e.g., global warming) are best approached using multiscale analysis. Students are walked through techniques for analyzing and ag- gregating data at a variety of scales and are encouraged to select appropriate ratio-scale units for such analyses. Students are also encouraged to think through the suitability of statistical techniques for a particular set of measurements, paying attention to the type of measurement, physical context, and dimension." --Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 87, page 56
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"Quantitative Ecology is a worthwhile addition to the reference shelf, and will particularly speak to those coming from physical to environmental sciences. The author assumes very little prior knowledge of science or mathematics and introduces a wide range of terminology and notation using clear language and simple formulas. The text teaches students that com- plex environmental questions (e.g., global warming) are best approached using multiscale analysis. Students are walked through techniques for analyzing and ag- gregating data at a variety of scales and are encouraged to select appropriate ratio-scale units for such analyses. Students are also encouraged to think through the suitability of statistical techniques for a particular set of measurements, paying attention to the type of measurement, physical context, and dimension."--Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 87, page 56
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