Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
Pacific Island Ecosystems - Function and Restoration
Ecosystems are networks of living and non-living components that interact in complex interdependencies and are organized in self-regulating units. Ecosystems consistently fluctuate and are in a state of dynamic equilibrium. Thus, restoring degraded, and in some cases destroyed, systems to their original state is challenging, especially Hawaiian ecosystems where many species are extinct. USGS-PIERC is developing state-of-the art science to provide the tools necessary to describe ecosystems, assess conditions, prescribe restoration approaches and activities, and evaluate the effectiveness of restoration projects.
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