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Review of salinity effects on abundance, growth, and survival of nearshore life stages of pink shrimp (Farfantepenaeus duorarum)
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 81 Author(s): Ian C. Zink, Joan A. Browder, Diego Lirman, Joseph E. Serafy The pink shrimp (Farfantepenaeus duorarum) has been selected as an ecological indicator to assess ecological effects on estuaries of implementation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan that seeks to restore historical freshwater flows and nearshore salinity regimes in southern Florida. Concern over altered freshwater delivery impacts on pink shrimp productivity was expressed as early as the 1960s. The present review assessed...
Cultural values on CSR patterns and evolution: A study from the biplot representation
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 81 Author(s): Víctor Amor Esteban, Mª Purificación Galindo Villardón, Isabel María García Sánchez Based on institutional and stakeholder theory, this study aims to observe the influence the cultural system has on the degree of responsibility of business behaviour and examines how normative isomorphism influences the Corporate Social Responsibility practices at the country level. We use the Hofstede model because its dimension group highlights the cultural similarities and differences between countries, and...
Valuing ecosystem services to explore scenarios for adaptive spatial planning
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 81 Author(s): Frederik Lerouge, Hubert Gulinck, Liesbet Vranken As the ecosystem services concept increasingly gains importance, it needs translation into practical applications. Recent efforts of EU member states to map ES are opening new opportunities to include ES in spatial planning and adaptive land management. For this, spatial planners and policy makers need practical tools that integrate a variety of social and biophysical information in an accessible way. We argue that monetary valuation of ES can...
DER: An algorithm for comparing species diversity between assemblages
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 81 Author(s): Cástor Guisande, Jürgen Heine, Emilio García-Roselló, Jacinto González-Dacosta, Luis González Vilas, Baltasar J. García Perez-Schofield There is no single diversity index that adequately summarises species diversity, since this is a multidimensional concept and hence should be quantified using a compound statistical measure. Here, we present the DER algorithm, available as an R package on CRAN and as an RWizard application on http://www.ipez.es/RWizard. This algorithm provides tools for...
A long-term improvement in Danish stream fauna: Analyses of temporal dynamics and community alignment of a biotic index
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 81 Author(s): Mie Lundsfryd Rasmussen, Peter Wiberg-Larsen, Dean Jacobsen Danish streams have for some decades shown a significant improvement in ecological quality. This is based on a time-series of a subset of 247 sites from the nationwide monitoring program with reoccurring annual sampling. The ecological quality is determined using the benthic macroinvertebrate fauna as bio-indicators via the Danish Stream Fauna Index (DSFI), and expressed in categorically ranked scores, with 1 as the lowest, and 7 as the...
The role of connectivity and physicochemical conditions in effective habitat of two exploited penaeid species
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): Matthew D. Taylor, Brian Fry, Alistair Becker, Natalie Moltschaniwskyj The value of estuarine habitats is often measured by their contribution to the adult component of the population, but a broader suite of attributes can also contribute to nursery function. Identifying and quantifying these elements allows habitat repair to be effectively targeted toward improving ecosystem function for desirable species. We present a study that incorporates stable isotopes and quantitative sampling to...
Weights and importance in composite indicators: Closing the gap
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): William Becker, Michaela Saisana, Paolo Paruolo, Ine Vandecasteele Composite indicators are very popular tools for assessing and ranking countries and institutions in terms of environmental performance, sustainability, and other complex concepts that are not directly measurable. Because of the stakes that come with the media attention of these tools, a word of caution is warranted. One common misconception relates to the effect of the weights assigned to indicators during the aggregation process...
Risk assessment of hazardous materials loading into four large lakes in China: A new hydrodynamic indicator based on EFDC
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): Jiacong Huang, Lingyan Qi, Junfeng Gao, Dong-Kyun Kim Many large lakes worldwide have been threatened by hazardous materials (HMs) pollution. A hazardous materials risk indicator (HMRI) was developed to assess the environmental risks due to soluble and conservation HMs loading from nearshore areas into a large lake. HMRI was calculated based on HMs transport simulation in the lake using a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model, i.e., Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC). The developed...
Use of LCA indicators to assess Iranian rapeseed production systems with different residue management practices
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): Seyed Hashem Mousavi-Avval, Shahin Rafiee, Mohammad Sharifi, Soleiman Hosseinpour, Bruno Notarnicola, Giuseppe Tassielli, Pietro A. Renzulli, Majid Khanali In this study the environmental profile of Iranian rapeseed cultivation was analysed with a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach, in order to identify the hot spots of the system. Also, in order to apply environmental indicators for agricultural decision making purposes, the environmental burden of different residue management...
The carbon flux of global rivers: A re-evaluation of amount and spatial patterns
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): Mingxu Li, Changhui Peng, Meng Wang, Wei Xue, Kerou Zhang, Kefeng Wang, Guohua Shi, Qiuan Zhu Global rivers connect three large carbon reservoirs in the world: soil, atmosphere, and ocean. The amount and spatial pattern of riverine carbon flux are essential for the global carbon budget but are still not well understood. Therefore, three linear regression models for riverine DOC (dissolved organic carbon), POC (particulate organic carbon), and DIC (dissolved inorganic carbon) fluxes were...
Assessing spatiotemporal eco-environmental vulnerability by Landsat data
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): Yuei-An Liou, Anh Kim Nguyen, Ming-Hsu Li An indicator of quantifying eco-environmental vulnerability was established by synthesizing 12 variables, mainly retrieved from satellite data with incorporation of analytical hierarchy process (AHP). Six vulnerability levels of potential, slight, light, medium, heavy, and very heavy were graded to depict changes of vulnerability over temporal and spatial scales. The proposed approach was employed to study spatiotemporal eco-environmental vulnerability...
European policies on livestock carcasses management did not modify the foraging behavior of a threatened vulture
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): Antoni Margalida, Juan Manuel Pérez-García, Rubén Moreno-Opo Policy decisions have the potential to affect biodiversity conservation and modify, among other factors, animal demography, behavior and ecological processes. This became manifest in Europe in the past decade in light of the appearance of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). However, the obvious effects of policy decisions on foraging behavior are lacking. Here, we use data from a long-term study (1992–2015) of the ecology of the...
Can forest fragmentation and configuration work as indicators of human–wildlife conflict? Evidences from human death and injury by wildlife attacks in Nepal
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): Krishna Prasad Acharya, Prakash Kumar Paudel, Shant Raj Jnawali, Prem Raj Neupane, Michael Köhl Fragmented forests and heterogeneous landscapes are likely to have less natural vegetation and smaller core areas, a low degree of landscape connectivity, high prevalence of anthropogenic edges, and high landscape heterogeneity, which may alter—at varying degrees—behavior of wildlife species such as attacks on humans. We evaluated whether or not forest fragmentation (e.g. shape, size and...
Satellite monitoring of cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom frequency in recreational waters and drinking water sources
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): John M. Clark, Blake A. Schaeffer, John A. Darling, Erin A. Urquhart, John M. Johnston, Amber R. Ignatius, Mark H. Myer, Keith A. Loftin, P. Jeremy Werdell, Richard P. Stumpf Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHAB) cause extensive problems in lakes worldwide, including human and ecological health risks, anoxia and fish kills, and taste and odor problems. CyanoHABs are a particular concern in both recreational waters and drinking water sources because of their dense biomass and...
Trace element contamination in feather and tissue samples from Anna’s hummingbirds
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): Nicole A. Mikoni, Robert Poppenga, Joshua T. Ackerman, Janet Foley, Jenny Hazlehurst, Güthrum Purdin, Linda Aston, Sabine Hargrave, Karen Jelks, Lisa A. Tell Trace element contamination (17 elements; Be, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Mo, Cd, Ba, Hg, Tl, and Pb) of live (feather samples only) and deceased (feather and tissue samples) Anna's hummingbirds (Calypte anna) was evaluated. Samples were analyzed using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS; 17 elements...
Evaluation of sustainable land management in urban area: A case study of Shanghai, China
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): Chenchen He, Qi Han, Bauke de Vries, Xiaoming Wang, Zhao Guochao With the accelerating urbanization process, there is an increasing shortage of land resource. It leads to an increasingly serious conflicts between built-up areas and other types of land use. This will further hinder city sustainable development. To address the issue, this paper takes urban land management sustainability as the study object and puts forward an evaluation method on sustainable land management (SLM) in urban area...
Identify sectors’ role on the embedded CO2 transfer networks through China’s regional trade
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): Zhen Wang, Chengming Xiao, Beibei Niu, Liangchun Deng, Yong Liu This study developed a framework for combining multi-regional input-output analysis and network indicators to assess the interregional CO2 flows in China. The interregional CO2 flows of eight regions were calculated and visualized based on a multiregional input-output (MRIO) model for China. The focus of the research was intermediate use. The results of the network indicators showed that refined petroleum, coke, nuclear fuel and...
Assessment of the impact of salvaging the Costa Concordia wreck on the deep coralligenous habitats
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): E. Casoli, D. Ventura, L. Cutroneo, M. Capello, G. Jona-Lasinio, R. Rinaldi, A. Criscoli, A. Belluscio, G.D. Ardizzone The coralligenous habitats found in the Mediterranean Sea are hotspots comparable in biodiversity to tropical reefs. Coralligenous reefs are vulnerable to many human pressures, thus they are among the most threatened habitats in the Mediterranean Sea. In this study, we assessed the impacts on coralligenous habitats of activities associated with salvaging the wreck of...
Developing a regional diatom index for assessment and monitoring of freshwater streams in sub-tropical Australia
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): Sue Oeding, Kathryn H. Taffs The use of borrowed indices to assess stream health has limitations and research suggests a need to develop more reliable regionally based indices that are sensitive to the relationship between taxa and environmental conditions. Implementing this is challenging in the Southern Hemisphere given the scarcity of diatom indices, specifically in sub-tropical areas. The purpose of this study was to develop a regionally based diatom index to assess freshwater lotic systems in...
Interpreting multiscale domains of tree cover disturbance patterns in North America
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 80 Author(s): Kurt Riitters, Jennifer K. Costanza, Brian Buma Spatial patterns at multiple observation scales provide a framework to improve understanding of pattern-related phenomena. However, the metrics that are most sensitive to local patterns are least likely to exhibit consistent scaling relations with increasing extent (observation scale). A conceptual framework based on multiscale domains (i.e., geographic locations exhibiting similar scaling relations) allows the use of sensitive pattern metrics, but...

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