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This book introduces readers to ecological informatics as an emerging discipline that takes into account the data-intensive nature of ecology, the valuable information to be found in ecological data, and the need to communicate results and inform decisions, including those related to research, conservation and resource management. At its core, ecological informatics combines developments in information technology and ecological theory with applications that facilitate ecological research and the dissemination of results to scientists and the public. Its conceptual framework links ecological entities (genomes, organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, landscapes) with data management, analysis and synthesis, and communicates new findings to inform decisions by following the course of a loop.

In comparison to the 2nd edition published in 2006, the 3rd edition of Ecological Informatics has been completely restructured on the basis of the generic conceptual f

ramework provided in Figure 1. It reflects the significant advances in data management, analysis and synthesis that have been made over the past 10 years, including new remote and in situ sensing techniques, the emergence of ecological and environmental observatories, novel evolutionary computations for knowledge discovery and forecasting, and new approaches to communicating results and informing decisions.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter

Introduction

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Chapter 1. Ecological Informatics: An Introduction

Friedrich Recknagel, William K. Michener

Managing Ecological Data

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Chapter 2. Project Data Management Planning

William K. Michener

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Chapter 3. Scientific Databases for Environmental Research

John H. Porter

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Chapter 4. Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC)

William K. Michener

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Chapter 5. Creating and Managing Metadata

William K. Michener

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Chapter 6. Preserve: Protecting Data for Long-Term Use

Robert B. Cook, Yaxing Wei, Leslie A. Hook, Suresh K. S. Vannan, John J. McNelis

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Chapter 7. Data Discovery

William K. Michener

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Chapter 8. Data Integration: Principles and Practice

Mark Schildhauer

Analysis, Synthesis and Forecasting of Ecological Data

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Chapter 9. Inferential Modelling of Population Dynamics

Friedrich Recknagel, Dragi Kocev, Hongqing Cao, Christina Castelo Branco, Ricardo Minoti, Saso Dzeroski

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Chapter 10. Process-Based Modeling of Nutrient Cycles and Food-Web Dynamics

George Arhonditsis, Friedrich Recknagel, Klaus Joehnk

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Chapter 11. Uncertainty Analysis by Bayesian Inference

George Arhonditsis, Dong-Kyun Kim, Noreen Kelly, Alex Neumann, Aisha Javed

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Chapter 12. Multivariate Data Analysis by Means of Self-Organizing Maps

Young-Seuk Park, Tae-Soo Chon, Mi-Jung Bae, Dong-Hwan Kim, Sovan Lek

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Chapter 13. GIS-Based Data Synthesis and Visualization

Duccio Rocchini, Carol X. Garzon-Lopez, A. Marcia Barbosa, Luca Delucchi, Jonathan E. Olandi, Matteo Marcantonio, Lucy Bastin, Martin Wegmann

Communicating and Informing Decisions

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Chapter 14. Communicating and Disseminating Research Findings

Amber E. Budden, William K. Michener

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Chapter 15. Operational Forecasting in Ecology by Inferential Models and Remote Sensing

Friedrich Recknagel, Philip Orr, Annelie Swanepoel, Klaus Joehnk, Janet Anstee

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Chapter 16. Strategic Forecasting in Ecology by Inferential and Process-Based Models

Friedrich Recknagel, George Arhonditsis, Dong-Kyun Kim, Hong Hanh Nguyen

Case Studies

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Chapter 17. Biodiversity Informatics

Cynthia S. Parr, Anne E. Thessen

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Chapter 18. Lessons from Bioinvasion of Lake Champlain, U.S.A.

Timothy B. Mihuc, Friedrich Recknagel

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Chapter 19. The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network

Paul C. Hanson, Kathleen C. Weathers, Hilary A. Dugan, Corinna Gries

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Chapter 20. Long-Term Ecological Research in the Nakdong River: Application of Ecological Informatics to Harmful Algal Blooms

Dong-Gyun Hong, Kwang-Seuk Jeong, Dong-Kyun Kim, Gea-Jae Joo

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Chapter 21. From Ecological Informatics to the Generation of Ecological Knowledge: Long-Term Research in the English Lake District

S. C. Maberly, D. Ciar, J. A. Elliott, I. D. Jones, C. S. Reynolds, S. J. Thackeray, I. J. Winfield
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