From local to global ecology on how to overcome cassandra's syndrome uri icon

abstract

  • Ecology needs to reorient itself, away from its present overwhelming empahsis on individual and local studies, toward global concerns based on large collaborative studies. This would increase its consensual content, and hence credibility, as well as its ability to make predictions useful for dealing with global change. This is illustrated with a global comparative study of trophic models of aquatic ecosystems, which enable revalidation of some early and important but still contentious concepts and rules of ecology. Based thereon, surprising and alarming estimates of human impacts on marine and freshwater ecosystems are presented

publication date

  • 2008