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By David C. Coleman

In tremendous Ecology, David C. Coleman files his traditionally fruitful ecological collaborations within the early years of learning huge ecosystems within the usa. As Coleman explains, the idea that of the ecosystem--a neighborhood organic neighborhood and its interactions with its environment--has given upward thrust to many associations and examine courses, just like the nationwide technological know-how Foundation's software for long-term Ecological study. Coleman's insider account of this crucial and interesting pattern towards tremendous technological know-how takes us from the paradigm of collaborative interdisciplinary examine, beginning with the foreign Geophysical yr (IGY) of 1957, in the course of the overseas organic software (IBP) of the overdue Nineteen Sixties and early Seventies, to the long term Ecological learn (LTER) courses of the Nineteen Eighties.

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7. The Italian IBP focused on aquatic ecology, on Lago Maggiore. Professors Vittorio and Livia Tonolli were very active on IBP international committees. 8. The central European countries really came into their own during the IBP era. I refer elsewhere to the extensive Polish Grassland The International Biological Program / 23 and forest studies, under the aegis of Professor Kazimierz Petrusewicz (1967; Petrusewicz and Macfadyen, 1970). The Czechoslovakian IBP had numerous studies, such as in alluvial and montane grasslands (Ulehlova, 1973) and forests carried out by groups from Charles University, Prague, and the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), Brno.

Much of the data were being gathered by researchers and graduate students under the watchful eyes of 40 / The International Biological Program Dr. Norm French, manager of the extensive site network. , peak standing crop biomass—and process variables, such as leaf litter decomposition, soil respiration, and hope for the best in terms of data quality and quantity. It was an early foray into the field now known as Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC). The site visits and the annual science review meeting held in mid-autumn in Fort Collins were the major ways we had of trying to track what was being done at the extensive sites.

Although it was an excellent conceptual tool, the ELM model itself was never much of a success in terms of being used to answer questions about grasslands, but it was a necessary precondition for the development of simulation modeling in ecology—hence in the wider view of the history of ecosystem ecology, it was quite successful. Much more useful simulation models quickly followed the development of ELM, and modeling was no longer considered to be aberrant behavior among ecologists. Most of the large-scale, long-term, multivariable questions now being addressed by those interested in the ecology of our planet would be largely unapproachable in the absence of the modeling capabilities developed and proven in the IBP.

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