ECOSUD 2009 is the 7th International Conference in the well-established
series on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development. The meetings provide
a unique forum for the presentation and discussion of recent work on
different aspects of ecosystems and sustainable development, including
physical sciences and modelling.
ECOSUD is a challenge for the creation of a new science in line
with Prigogine’s statement that “at all levels we observe events
associated with the emergence of novelties and narrative elements,
which we may associate with the creative power of nature”.
ECOSUD is not only a forestage to present novel research related
to ecological problems from all over the world; it also gives
opportunities for new emergent ideas in science arising from the cross
fertilization of different disciplines including mathematical models
and eco-informatics, evolutionary thermodynamics and biodiversity,
structures in ecosystems modelling and landscapes to mention but a few.
The aim of the Conference is to encourage and facilitate the
interdisciplinary communication between scientists, engineers,
economists and professionals working in ecological systems and
sustainable development. Emphasis will be given to those areas that
will most benefi t from the application of scientifi c methods for
sustainable development, including the conservation of natural systems
around the world. The Conference objectives have evolved over the
years, seeking to integrate thermodynamics, ecology and economics into