Ecosystem Health Assessment in the Pearl River Estuary of China by Considering Ecosystem Coordination

@inproceedings{Chen2013EcosystemHA,
  title={Ecosystem Health Assessment in the Pearl River Estuary of China by Considering Ecosystem Coordination},
  author={Xiaoyan Chen and Huiwang Gao and Xiaohong Yao and Zhenhua Chen and Hongda Fang and Shufeng Ye},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2013}
}
Marine ecosystem is a complex nonlinear system. However, ecosystem health assessment conventionally builds on a linear superposition of changes in ecosystem components and probably fails to evaluate nonlinear interactions among various components. To better reflect the intrinsic interactions and their impacts on ecosystem health, an ecosystem coordination index, defined as the matching level of ecosystem structure/services, is proposed and incorporated into the ecosystem health index for a… CONTINUE READING

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