Process-oriented ecological restoration of freshwater systems
Burbage, Laura Elizabeth
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The ecological restoration of aquatic systems is becoming a common goal in ecological management. Although ecological restoration shows great promise, a high failure rate still persists. Many projects do not assess or address the altered environmental processes that cause ecosystem degradation, due in part to a lack of collaboration between practitioners and scientists. This thesis examines the need to focus on processes in ecological restoration design, as well as communication and collaboration between multiple fields. The environmental processes that shape ecosystems are discussed, and their role in a case study is explored. Finally, the role of the landscape architect in ecological restoration planning is discussed and a process-based restoration protocol is proposed.