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The State of the Nation's Ecosystems

The State of the Nation's Ecosystems
Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States


  • Date Published: February 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521525725

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About the Authors
  • We all rely on a familiar set of indicators - interest rates, unemployment, inflation, the Dow Jones index, and GDP, for example - to gauge the performance of national economies. No such measures are currently available to describe the environment. This book lays out a blueprint for periodic reporting on the condition and use of ecosystems in the United States. Developed by experts from businesses, environmental organizations, universities, and federal, state, and local government agencies, it is designed to provide policymakers and the general public with a succinct and comprehensive - yet scientifically sound and non-partisan - view of 'how we are doing'. This book should prove invaluable for decision makers in natural resource management and environmental policy in government and environmental organizations, businesses, and trade associations; academics with a research or teaching interest in environmental issues; and the general public interested in the continued well-being of American ecosystems.

    • Comprehensive assessment of the condition of US ecosystems
    • Scientifically sound and nonpartisan
    • Developed by interdisciplinary experts from universities, businesses, environmental organizations, universities, and federal, state, and local government agencies
    • More information on the Heinz Center and the report can be found at
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    ' … this report is noteworthy in initiating an essential and long overdue dialogue about the state of our nation's ecosystems. The Heinz Center and the authors of the report are to be commended for pursuing the project, documenting our current understanding of the state of the nation's environment, and attempting to insert the topic of ecosystem integrity into contemporary political discourse.' BioScience

    'this beautifully illustrated book in full color provides a blue print for periodic reporting on the state and the use of ecosystems in the USA.' International Journal of Environmental Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521525725
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 276 x 20 mm
    • weight: 1.046kg
    • contains: 215 b/w illus. 50 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of participants
    Part I. The State of the Nation's Ecosystems: Philosophy, Framework, and Findings:
    1. Reporting on the state of the nation's ecosystems
    2. The reporting framework
    3. The state of the nation's ecosystems: what we know and what we don't know
    Part II. The Indicators:
    4. Core national indicators
    5. Coasts and oceans
    6. Farmlands
    7. Forests
    8. Fresh waters
    9. Grasslands and shrublands
    10. Urban and suburban lands
    Part III. Appendix and Technical Notes: Data Availability and Gaps
    Technical notes.

  • Author

    The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment

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