Responding to the growing importance of, and interest in, wetland ecosystems, here is a complete introduction to wetland ecosystem types and modeling. Drawn from Bill Mitsch's encyclopedic Wetlands , this text provides a basic introduction to ecosystems, wetland ecosystems, and systems ecology and modeling. Revising original chapters and adding new content to include the latest research finding and regulatory requirements, the book presents in-depth coverage of the seven dominant wetland ecosystem types found worldwide. With foundational information on every aspect of wetland ecosystems, this is an ideal supplemental text for advanced courses as well as introductory ecology courses.
WILLIAM J. MITSCH, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Environment and Natural Resources and Director of the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at The Ohio State University. Dr. Mitsch has been awarded the Stockholm Water Prize and the Society of Wetland Scientists Lifetime Achievement Award. JAMES G. GOSSELINK, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the School of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University. He has been awarded the Society of Wetland Scientists Lifetime Achievement Award. CHRISTOPHER J. ANDERSON, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. LI ZHANG, PhD, is Assistant Director of the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at The Ohio State University.
Preface. Chapter 1: Introduction. Ecosystems. Wetland Ecosystems. Importance of Wetland Ecosystems. Chapter 2: Coastal Wetlands. Tidal Salt Marshes. Tidal Freshwater Wetlands. Mangrove Wetlands. Chapter 3: Freshwater Swamps and Marshes. Freshwater Swamps. Freshwater Marshes. Chapter 4: Peatlands. Geographic Extent. Hydrology and Peatland Development. Biogeochemistry. Vegetation. Consumers. Ecosystem Function. Chapter 5: Ecosystem Approaches to Wetland Science. Mesocosms. Whole-Ecosystem Experimental Wetlands. Freshwater Marshes. Mathematical Models. Conclusions. Appendix A. Odum Language Symbols. References. General Index. Organism Index.