Within the context of understanding how we measure ecological integrity, and its relationship to regional and national economies, this paper has the following three objectives: (1) To introduce the concept of functional integrity in ecosystems and its means of measurement; (2) To begin quantitative analysis of the effects of anthropogenic activities on ecosystem function and integrity in comparison to variability induced by natural disturbances; and (3) To explore the relationship between regional or national loss of integrity and the corresponding changes in economic welfare measures.
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- Ecological Functions and Integrity: Approaches to Valuation
Orie L. Loucks
- Springer Netherlands
- Chapter 9