9. Energy and Mass Flow Through Ecosystems

  1. Marty D. Matlock and
  2. Robert A. Morgan

Published Online: 15 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470949993.ch9

Ecological Engineering Design: Restoring and Conserving Ecosystem Services

Ecological Engineering Design: Restoring and Conserving Ecosystem Services

How to Cite

Matlock, M. D. and Morgan, R. A. (2011) Energy and Mass Flow Through Ecosystems, in Ecological Engineering Design: Restoring and Conserving Ecosystem Services, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470949993.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 9 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470345146

Online ISBN: 9780470949993

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Keywords:

  • energy and mass flow through ecosystems - systems bounded by observer-defined boundaries, across which energy and mass flow;
  • conceptual framework, in understanding energy and mass flow through ecosystems - ecosystem boundaries defined by observer;
  • energy flow through ecosystems - as thermodynamic systems, controlled by laws of thermodynamics;
  • Odum's Maximum Power Principle, for ecological engineers - competitive advantage of systems, energy flow conversion to useful work;
  • ecosystem and massflow, and cycling of mass - through biotic and abiotic elements of biosphere, termed biogeochemical cycling

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Energy Flow through Ecosystems

  • Trophic Levels

  • Mass Flow through Ecosystems

  • References