UPDATE (from Madhu, 03/14/07): Karl has revised the abstract, and you can see his new edit below the fold. And you know where to get the version open for collaborative editing, right?
While thanking Karl for the revision (which he had posted as a separate blog post, but I have incorporated it within this one), let me also offer some suggestions for making the collaboration more efficient, and keeping things better organized. First, let's limit the collaborative editing and revising to that document, and not create a new blog post every time it is revised. If you want to carry on an online discussion, let's use the comments thread for this post for that purpose. For example, if you make substantial changes to the abstract/paper, and want to let everyone know, you could leave a short comment to that effect here. Unless you want me to start a google group for this class as well. But I don't think it is necessary, and keeping discussion for this class limited to the blog will help minimize potential confusion with the other class paper some of us are working on this semester. Does that sound good?
Karl's original post (03/11/07): I have started the abstract. Please provide comments and recommendations. We also need to present some preliminary results and a conclusion. Also if anyone knows how to post a word document on the Blog then we can all start writing it online.
Reconciliation Ecology. Changing Landscapes and Sustainability: Fresno’s (city & county?) ecological footprint and the affects of urbanization. Department of Biology, California State University, Fresno, USA.Urbanization is currently a common trend seen in California, which transforms natural landscapes and can significantly affect biodiversity and ecosystem services. Located in the heart of California, Fresno County stretches from the Sierra Nevada to the Costal Range and contains the sixth largest city in California and some of the most fertile agricultural lands in the world. The growth rate in Fresno County is currently 1.9% and it is estimated that the county’s population will increase by 479,407 people (58%) from a population of 821,797 in 2000 to a population of 1,301,204 by 2025. To meet the demands of an increasing population the Fresno County General Plan allows for new development on 37,737 acres of land which will result in a loss of 2.9% of agricultural lands. Here we examine Fresno’s ecological footprint and the ecological impact of urbanization. The ecological footprint is a measure of how much biologically productive land and water an individual, a city, a county or a region uses to produce the resources it consumes and to absorb the waste it generates, using prevailing technology and resource management.
Revised text from Karl, on 03/14/07:
Provided below is a new draft of our abstract. I removed the section that describes an Ecological footprint and I think that we should end the abstract describing our investigation and include preliminary results. What do you think?
Urbanization is currently a common trend seen in California, which transforms natural landscapes significantly affecting biodiversity and ecosystem services. This trend has been well documented and analyzed in large metropolitan areas such as the San Francisco Bay region and Phoenix, Arizona. However, in the Central Valley of California, areas such as Fresno County only brief amount of information are known about the ecological effects of urbanization. Fresno County is located in the heart of California, stretching from the Sierra Nevada to the Coastal Range. It contains the sixth largest city in California and some of the most fertile agricultural lands in the world. The growth rate in Fresno County is currently an annual 1.9% and it is estimated that the county’s population will increase 58% from a population of 821,797 in 2000 to a population of 1,301,204 by 2025. Such an increase would certainly place more stress on the environment. To meet the demands of an increasing population the Fresno County Office of General Planning allows for new development to occur on 37,737 acres of land, which will result in a loss of approximately 2.9% of agricultural land. This set projection raises the question: What will be the effect(s) of losing agricultural land? In this investigation we examine Fresno County's ecological footprint and the impact of urbanization upon agricultural land.