Ecological Indicators

Integrating Sciences for Monitoring, Assessment and Management





Editors-in-Chief:J.C. Marques





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The ultimate aim of Ecological Indicators is to integrate the monitoring and assessment of ecological and environmental indicators with management practices. The journal provides a forum for the discussion of the applied scientific development and review of traditional indicator applications as well as for theoretical, modelling and quantitative approaches such as index development. Research into the following areas will be published.

• All aspects of ecological and environmental indicators and indices.
• New indicators, and new approaches and methods for indicator development, testing and use.
• Development and modelling of indices, e.g. application of indicator suites across multiple scales and resources.
• Analysis and research of resource, system- and scale-specific indicators.
• Methods for integration of social and other valuation metrics for the production of scientifically rigorous and politically-relevant assessments using indicator-based monitoring and assessment programs.
• Approaches on how research indicators can be transformed into direct application for management purposes.
• Broader assessment objectives and methods, e.g. biodiversity, biological integrity, and sustainability, through the use of indicators.
• Resource-specific indicators such as landscape, agroecosystems, forests ecosystems, aquatic ecosystems, wetlands, etc.

The journal seeks innovative papers which provide new developmental and methodological steps for environmental indication. Submissions of results from simple monitoring programs or single case studies, resulting in descriptive approaches without any exploration from the theory of indication, from the methodology of indication, or from the management points of view are not considered suitable for publication in Ecological Indicators.

The following contributions will be accepted:

Original research papers;
Review articles;
Special themed issues;
Short notes and case studies;
Letters to the Editor;
Book reviews.


Scientists, decision-makers and resource managers working with or using ecological and environmental indicators for the long-term goals of assessing extent, condition and trends within the environment.

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Aluminium Industry Abstracts, BIOSIS, Biological Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts, Current Contents / Physics / Chemistry & Earth Science, Engineered Materials Abstracts, Excerpta Medica, Life Sci, Mass Spectrometry Bulletin, Material Business Alerts, Metals Abstracts, Science Citation Index, ScienceDirect, Scopus
Editor-in-Chief F. Müller Ecology Center, University of Kiel, Olshausenstrasse 75, D 24118 Kiel, Germany, Associate Editor R. Achtziger Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg, Germany, S.E. Jørgensen Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, Department of General Chemistry, Section of Environmental Chemistry, Copenhagen, Denmark, J.C. Marques Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, Editorial Board T.R. Angradi U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Duluth, MN, USA, J. Aroviita Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finland, S. Bastianoni University of Siena, Italy, S. Bell Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK, J.P. Bennett University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI, USA, T. Blaschke Universität Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria, A. Borja Marine Research Division, Pasaia, Spain, B. Burkhard Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU), Kiel, Germany, G.Q. Chen Peking University, Beijing, China, F. Colijn GKSS Institute for Coastal Research, Geesthacht, Germany, R. Costanza Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA, V.H. Dale Oakridge National Laboratory, Oakridge, TN, USA, A. Feest University of Bristol, Bristol, England, UK, A. Gnauck Brandenburgische Technische Universität (BTU), Cottbus, Germany, M.B. Griffith U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Cincinnati, OH, USA, P. Hardi IISD, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, J.G. Holmquist University of California, Bishop, CA, USA, E. Hyatt Ecological Indicators, Athens, GA, USA, K.B. Jones U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Reston, VA, USA, J.R. Karr University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, J.C. Kurtz U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gulf Breeze, FL, USA, R. Lenz Institute of Applied Research, Nürtingen, Germany, M. Lindner European Forest Institute, Joensuu, Finland, U. Mander University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, S. Minchin CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), Wembley, WA, Australia, W.J. Mitsch Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA, J.C. Munch Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt, Neuherberg / München, Germany, Y. Pykh Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation, V. Rao Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India, D.J. Rapport EcoHealth Consulting, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, S. Ripp University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA, J.C. Rodgers Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, USA, L. Rossi Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Roma, Italy, F. Schanz Universität Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, C.E.W. Steinberg Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany, K. Summers U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gulf Breeze, FL, USA, G. Suter National Center for Environmental Assessment, Cincinnati, OH, USA, R. Virtanen University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, J. Walker CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), Canberra, ACT, Australia, T.R. Walker Dillon Consulting Ltd, Halifax, NS, Canada, R-S. Wang Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China, B.G. Wiersma University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA, Li. Zhang Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA, G. Zurlini University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
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