The Energetic Basis for Valuation of Ecosystem Services

  title={The Energetic Basis for Valuation of Ecosystem Services},
  author={Howard T. Odum and Eugene P. Odum},
Valuation is one mechanism by which humans organize occupancy and use of large-scale ecosystems and regions, such as watersheds, estuaries, cities, states, nations, and ultimately the whole earth (the global perspective). When human valuations do not measure the real contributions of natural ecosystems, as is currently the case, ecosystems are not protected, and the larger systems produce less when the natural ecosystems are lost to development. Ecologists working on small-scale studies are… CONTINUE READING


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