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Restoration of Terrestrial Communities

  1. Scott D Wilson

Published Online: 15 DEC 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020469



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Wilson, S. D. 2008. Restoration of Terrestrial Communities. eLS. .

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  1. University of Regina, Regina, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2008

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Restoration returns ecosystems that have been altered by humans to states similar to unaltered systems, especially with regard to dominant vegetation, energy flows, water capture and nutrient cycling. General themes in terrestrial restoration include the degree of alteration, the similarity of the restoration to unaltered systems, and methods for ameliorating soil and returning vegetation. Socioeconomic factors may have overriding influences on restoration strategies. Restoration is a field ripe for research, both in the synthesis of applied knowledge and as a system for experimentally addressing a broad variety of ecological topics.


  • disturbance;
  • ecosystem;
  • restoration;
  • soil;
  • vegetation