BIOMASS (Biological Investigations of Marine Antarctic Systems and Stocks) was a unique, large-scale, long-term, international research programme established in 1977 to investigate the ecology of the Southern Ocean. Its main aim was to gain a greater understanding of the biological systems and stocks in the marine Antarctic environment, thereby providing a sound basis for the future management of the living resources within this immense ocean. The programme was drawn to a close in 1991 and its completion marked by a colloquium which brought together key researchers to summarise and review the results obtained. This volume, arising from that colloquium, provides a succinct, state-of-the-art account of the ecology of the Southern Ocean and serves as a comprehensive record of this unique and successful international project.
• Summarises the findings of a unique, 15-year, international marine research programme • Required reading for conservationists looking for the facts about the ecology of the Antarctic marine environment
Preface R. M. Laws and J.-O. Strømberg; 1. History, organization and accomplishments of the BIOMASS programme S. Z. El-Sayed; 2. Antarctic marine environment: physical oceanography M. Stein, R. B. Heywood, N. Smith, P. Treguer and E. Fahrbach; 3. Antarctic marine stocks: phytoplankton and zoo plankton J. Priddle, F. Brandini, M. Lipski, M. Thorley, G. Jacques, M. Fukuchi, S. Schnack-Schiel, A. Mujica, G. Hosie and E. Sakshang; 4. Antarctic marine stocks: krill I. Everson, D. Miller, V. Siegel, J. Kalinowski, L. B. Quetin, R. M. Ross, A. Clarke and D. G. M. Miller; 5. Antarctic marine stocks: fish and birds A. Kellermann, A. North, R. Williams, G. Duhamel, G. Hunt, J. Croxall, P. Trathan, J. Cooper, E. Woehler and J. C. Hureau; 6. Antarctic marine systems H. J. Marchant, E. J. Murphy, K.-H. Kock, Y. Shimadzu, M. Thorley and P. Trathan; 7. Future developments J. Priddle, M. Thorley, P. Trathan, J. Croxall, G. Hubold, K. Sherman and G. Hempel; 8. Critical appraisal of the BIOMASS programme G. E. Fogg; Index.
'I recommend this book as a useful guide to anyone wanting an introduction to the ecology of the southern oceans.' Tony Andrew, The Times Higher Education Supplement