Establishment and Applied Research on a Wetland Ecosystem Evaluation Model in Taiwan
AbstractThere is rich biodiversity and biomass in wetlands and these areas are important in ecosystems. Assessment of the environment of wetlands is critical in the management of pivotal ecosystems. The energy ecological footprint (EEF) is an improved form of the ecological footprint method based on the theory of energy value. EEF can be a useful tool for comparing and monitoring environmental impacts. EEF was used to investigate a national coastal wetland in Taiwan; i.e., Gaomei Wetlands. We created a wetland ecosystem evaluation model to quantify the EEF, ecological safety of the GaomeiWetlands, and energy ecological carrying capacity to assess the current environmental situation of the area between 2007 and 2013. The research results provide a reference for environmental policy execution, strategy, and planning and suggestions for sustainable development of the Gaomei Wetlands. Our study showed that the per capita ecological carrying capacity of the Gaomei Wetlands experienced fluctuations during the time of the study. However, the per capita EF had substantial growth. The per capita ecological carrying capacity of the Gaomei Wetlands was influenced by the EFs of the fossil energy land, meadows, and croplands. View Full-Text
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Chen, H.-S. Establishment and Applied Research on a Wetland Ecosystem Evaluation Model in Taiwan. Sustainability 2015, 7, 15785-15793.
Chen H-S. Establishment and Applied Research on a Wetland Ecosystem Evaluation Model in Taiwan. Sustainability. 2015; 7(12):15785-15793.Chicago/Turabian Style
Chen, Han-Shen. 2015. "Establishment and Applied Research on a Wetland Ecosystem Evaluation Model in Taiwan." Sustainability 7, no. 12: 15785-15793.