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Geostatistical modeling applied to spatiotemporal dynamics of successional tree species groups in a natural Mixed Tropical Forest
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Allan Libanio Pelissari, Afonso Figueiredo Filho, Sylvio Péllico Netto, Angelo Augusto Ebling, Marcelo Roveda, Carlos Roberto Sanquetta A lack of ecological knowledge leads to innovative tools for investigating spatial relationships in natural forests, among which geostatistics stands out as a set of statistical techniques for modeling and mapping. Thus, this paper aims to apply geostatistical analysis to map and correlate the spatial patterns and dynamics of the basal area for successional tree...
Modelling biomass of mountainous grasslands by including a species composition map
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Anja Magiera, Hannes Feilhauer, Rainer Waldhardt, Martin Wiesmair, Annette Otte High mountain grasslands offer multiple goods and services to society but are severely threatened by improper land use practices such as abandonment or rapid intensification. In order to reduce abandonment and strengthen the common extensive agricultural practice a sustainable land use management of high mountain grasslands is needed. A spatially detailed yield assessment helps to identify possible meadows or, on the...
Major and trace elements in Sphagnum moss from four southern German bogs, and comparison with available moss monitoring data
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Heike Kempter, Michael Krachler, William Shotyk, Claudio Zaccone In this paper, we present concentrations of an array of major and trace elements (Ag, Al, As, Ba, Bi, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Rb, Sb, Sc, Sr, Th, Tl, U, V, Zn) in living Sphagnum mosses from four southern German bogs and compare them with moss monitoring data of the respective regions. To do this, Sphagnum mosses were collected in Upper Bavaria (Oberbayern, OB) and the Northern Black Forest (Nordschwarzwald, NBF). Surfaces of...
Foliar symptoms on Viburnum lantana reflect annual changes in summer ozone concentration in Trentino (northern Italy)
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Elena Gottardini, Fabiana Cristofolini, Marco Ferretti The frequency of Viburnum lantana L. plants showing visible foliar symptoms (VFS) was assessed in Trentino, north Italy in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. The assessment was based on a sub-sample (n=10) of the ViburNeT observation plots network installed in 2010 according to a stratified random design. Depending on the year, a range of 193–232 plants were assessed during August. The frequency of symptomatic plants varied from 20.7 to 50.6%. Mean...
The consideration of time step in calculating grey water footprints of agricultural cropping systems
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): X. Vergé, A. VanderZaag, W. Smith, B. Grant, R. Gordon A water footprint considers both the water volumes involved in production processes and the resulting waste water generated. The grey water (GW) footprint represents the volume of fresh water required to assimilate pollutants to acceptable concentrations—a concept proposed by the water footprint network—but it faces several difficulties when applied to agricultural production systems. Crop production cannot be fully controlled and it is...
Seasonal variation of DOM and associated stoichiometry for freshwater ecosystem in the subtropical watershed: Indicating the optimal C: N: P ratio
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Zhuo Hao, Yang Gao, Tiantian Yang carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) are three of the most important elements for estimating ecosystem biogenic elements status and algal growth. Therefore, the C:N:P ecological stoichiometry serves as an important reference to guide water quality management and helps elucidate the aquatic ecosystems mechanism. This study firstly provides the information on the seasonal changes of dissolved organic matter (DOM) pool (dissolved organic carbon (DOC), dissolved...
A multi-assemblage, multi-metric biological condition index for eastern Amazonia streams
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Kai Chen, Robert M. Hughes, Janaina G. Brito, Cecilia G. Leal, Rafael P. Leitão, José M.B. de Oliveira-Júnior, Vívian C. de Oliveira, Karina Dias-Silva, Silvio F.B. Ferraz, Joice Ferreira, Neusa Hamada, Leandro Juen, Jorge Nessimian, Paulo S. Pompeu, Jansen Zuanon Multimetric indices (MMIs) are widely used for assessing ecosystem condition and they have been developed for a variety of biological assemblages. However, when multiple assemblages are assessed at sites, the...
Evaluating the role of livelihood assets in suitable livelihood strategies: Protocol for anti-poverty policy in the Eastern Tibetan Plateau, China
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Xiaobo Hua, Jianzhong Yan, Yili Zhang Although numerous studies have been conducted on the relationship between livelihood assets and strategies, only a few quantitative studies exist on the topic for anti-poverty policies with regard to the Tibetan Plateau. This study investigated 357 households in the upper reaches of the Dadu River watershed in the Eastern Tibetan Plateau, China, using the participatory rural appraisal method. Then, applying a multinomial logistic regression model, we quantitatively...
Operationalizing the ecosystems approach: Assessing the environmental impact of major infrastructure development
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Joanna E. Zawadzka, Ron Corstanje, Jacqueline Fookes, Jonathan Nichols, Jim Harris The ecosystem services approach is increasingly applied in the context of environmental resources management and impact assessment. Assessments often involve analysis of alternative scenarios for which potential changes in ecosystem services are quantified. For such assessments to be effective there is a requirement to represent changes in ecosystem services supply in a clear and informative manner. Here we compute...
The economic and environmental efficiency assessment in EU cross-country: Evidence from DEA and quantile regression approach
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Victor Moutinho, Mara Madaleno, Margarita Robaina This article aims to estimate the efficiency of 26 different European Countries over 2001 and 2012 comparing their performance. Data Envelopment Analysis technique is used in a first step to evaluate the performance of each European country. The output-oriented model was used with two specifications (Variable and Constant Returns to Scale) including as inputs labour and capital productivity, the weight of fossil energy and the share of renewable energy...
The antioxidation-related functional structure of plant communities: Understanding antioxidation at the plant community level
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Shu Hu, Yujin Li, Wanzhong Wang, Juying Jiao, Meng Kou, Qiulong Yin, Haiyan Xu In the case of ecological stresses, reactive oxygen species (ROS) can be overproduced in plant cells, leading to lipid peroxidation that causes damage or death to cells. To prevent damage, plant tissues contain several antioxidants that scavenge ROS. However, antioxidation at the plant community level still remains unknown and may provide an insight into ecosystem functioning regarding stress resistance. To...
Evaluations of corporate sustainability indicators based on fuzzy similarity graphs
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Marie Pavláková Dočekalová, Karel Doubravský, Mirko Dohnal, Alena Kocmanová The paper deals with inconsistencies of composite sustainability indicators and their different subsets (economic, environmental, social, and corporate governance). Corporate sustainability performance is usually highly nonlinear, vague, partially inconsistent and multidimensional. The resulting models are often oversimplified. The key reason is an information shortage which eliminates the unsophisticated applications...
Assessing the suitability of genetic diversity of Chironomus riparius (Meigen) as an indicator of environmental pollution
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): João A.M. Pedrosa, Ana L. Machado, Berardino Cocchiararo, Amadeu M.V.M. Soares, Carsten Nowak, João L.T. Pestana Reliable and cost-effective indicators are needed to reduce uncertainty in ecological risk assessments of chemicals so that their long-term and evolutionary impacts in the dynamics of stressed biological communities can be accounted for. In the present study we investigate the suitability of genetic diversity as an indicator of ecological disturbance of freshwater ecosystems. For...
Accessibility of urban blue in German major cities
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Henry Wüstemann, Dennis Kalisch, Jens Kolbe Action 5 of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy explicitly mentions that EU member states, with assistance of the Commission, will map and assess the state of ecosystems and ecosystem services in their national territory by 2014. Water represents an important landscape element and contributes to human health and well-being in urban areas. However, in Germany – like in many other European countries – detailed information on the accessibility of urban blue...
Effects of phosphorus stress on the photosynthetic and physiological characteristics of Chlorella vulgaris based on chlorophyll fluorescence and flow cytometric analysis
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Yang Jiao, Hui-Ling Ouyang, Yu-Jiao Jiang, Xiang-Zhen Kong, Wei He, Wen-Xiu Liu, Bin Yang, Fu-Liu Xu This paper discusses the effects of phosphorus stress on the photosynthetic and physiological characteristics of Chlorella vulgaris. The results indicate that the growth and photosynthesis of C. vulgaris were affected under non-phosphorus control and non-orthophosphate treatments (pyrophosphate, tripolyphosphate and glycerophosphate). Orthophosphate promoted the growth of C. vulgaris most...
Profiling urban vulnerabilities to climate change: An indicator-based vulnerability assessment for European cities
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Carlos Tapia, Beñat Abajo, Efren Feliu, Maddalen Mendizabal, José Antonio Martinez, J. German Fernández, Txomin Laburu, Adelaida Lejarazu Governing climate change in cities entails a good understanding of urban vulnerabilities. This research presents an Indicator-based Vulnerability Assessment for 571 European cities. Basing on panel data from Urban Audit database and a set of newly developed indicators, we assessed urban vulnerabilities for the following impact chains: (i) heatwaves on...
A probabilistic space-time prism to explore changes in white Stork habitat use in Iran
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Mahmoud Saeedimoghaddam, Mansoor Keyanpour-Rad, Hossein Shafizadeh-Moghadam, Roozbeh Valavi, Babak Mirbagheri, Alireza Shakiba, Aliakbar Matkan Studying bird habitats, particularly, those of endangered birds, facilitates effective conservation efforts. The concept of a probabilistic space-time prism (PSTP), which has been introduced in GIScience circle in recent years, can be used to explore bird habitat selection behaviors. The theoretical methods behind the PSTP approach are based on the...
An empirical assessment of human development through remote sensing: Evidences from Italy
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Luca Salvati, Alessio Guandalini, Margherita Carlucci, Francesco Maria Chelli The Human Development Index (HDI) based on life expectancy, education and per-capita income, is one of the most used indicators of human development. However, undeniable problems in data collection limit between-countries comparisons reducing the practical applicability of the HDI in official statistics. Elvidge et al. (2012) proposed an alternative index of human development (the so called Night Light Development Index...
Cross-taxon congruence in benthic communities: Searching for surrogates in marine sediments
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Guilherme Nascimento Corte, Helio H. Checon, Gustavo Fonseca, Danilo Cândido Vieira, Fabiane Gallucci, Maikon Di Domenico, A. Cecília Z. Amaral Cross-taxon congruence has been suggested as an efficient tool in conservation planning and biodiversity monitoring. It corresponds to the degree to which patterns in assemblage structure in a set of sites are similar among different taxonomic groups. If different groups ordinate the sampling sites similarly, they are concordant and this information...
Predicting resource use in ant species and entire communities by studying their morphological traits: Influence of habitat and subfamily
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 78 Author(s): Alex Salas-López I investigated whether the morphological traits of Neotropical ants can be used to infer food resource use by individual species and by entire communities, and whether these relationships are related to habitat type and/or by morphological differences between ant subfamilies. I attracted ants using food baits that represented different ecological processes (e.g. predation, granivory, detritivory, nectarivory) in five habitat types along a land-use gradient (from forests to gardens). I...

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