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An improved method for integrated ecosystem health assessments based on the structure and function of coastal ecosystems: A case study of the Jiangsu coastal area, China
Tang, DH; Liu, XJ; Zou, XQ; tangdh3@mail.sysu.edu.cn; zouxq@nju.edu.cn
2018
Source PublicationECOLOGICAL INDICATORS
Volume84Pages:82-95
AbstractEcosystem health status assessment is very complex and requires an integrated approach based on combined and synoptic estimates of the environmental background and the study of the structure and function of different ecosystems at a systems level. Here, we present the main results gained over six years (2006-2007, 2009-2012) with the aim of obtaining concise and comprehensive assessment results at 30 routine investigation sites in the Jiangsu coastal area. Our improved approach follows consecutive and interconnected steps. First, we conducted a quantitative assessment of community structure, including species abundance, biomass, and diversity utilizing a multidimensional scaling method. Then, a systemic functional assessment was carried out at the genetic level, including eco-exergy and structural eco-exergy, using a means clustering method, passing through a dimensionless polygonal area to reflect the integrated assessment results. Our results indicate that among the four seasons, the health status was best in autumn, followed by spring and winter, and worst in summer. Among the six assessed years, 2006 had the best health status, whereas 2012 had the worst. The general trend of annual variation in ecosystem health status was in decline. As for the regions, the health status was good or moderate in the southern and northern regions, and worst in the central region. Various human interventions and environmental stresses contributed to the stability and resilience of the ecosystem at different time scales and in different areas; however, these effects were not absolutely negative. This new method has strong applicability for assessing the status of ecosystems composed of several communities, as long as the eco-exergy quality and community structure of the system can be estimated.
Department[Tang, Dehao] Sun Yat Sen Univ, Sch Marine Sci, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong, Peoples R China; [Tang, Dehao] Key Lab Marine Resources & Coastal Engn Guangdong, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong, Peoples R China; [Liu, Xingjian] South China Sea Inst Oceanol, CAS Key Lab Ocean & Marginal Sea Geol, Guangzhou 510301, Guangdong, Peoples R China; [Zou, Xinqing] Nanjing Univ, Sch Geog & Oceanog Sci, Nanjing 210046, Jiangsu, Peoples R China; [Zou, Xinqing] Nanjing Univ, Minist Educ, Key Lab Coastal & Isl Dev, Nanjing 210046, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
Subject AreaBiodiversity & Conservation ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS KeywordEcosystem health assessment ; Community structure ; Eco-exergy ; Coastal ecosystem ; Jiangsu
Funding ProjectMSG
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.scsio.ac.cn/handle/344004/17163
Collection中科院边缘海地质重点实验室
Corresponding Authortangdh3@mail.sysu.edu.cn; zouxq@nju.edu.cn
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Tang, DH,Liu, XJ,Zou, XQ,et al. An improved method for integrated ecosystem health assessments based on the structure and function of coastal ecosystems: A case study of the Jiangsu coastal area, China[J]. ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS,2018,84:82-95.
APA Tang, DH,Liu, XJ,Zou, XQ,tangdh3@mail.sysu.edu.cn,&zouxq@nju.edu.cn.(2018).An improved method for integrated ecosystem health assessments based on the structure and function of coastal ecosystems: A case study of the Jiangsu coastal area, China.ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS,84,82-95.
MLA Tang, DH,et al."An improved method for integrated ecosystem health assessments based on the structure and function of coastal ecosystems: A case study of the Jiangsu coastal area, China".ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS 84(2018):82-95.
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