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Aquatic Ecosystems
Trends and Global Prospects

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Robert Engelman, Daniel Pauly, Dirk Zeller, Ronald G. Prinn, John K. Pinnegar, Nicholas V.C. Polunin, Björn Malmqvist, Simon D. Rundle, Alan P. Covich, Alan G. Hildrew, Christopher T. Robinson, Colin R. Townsend, Janine Gibert, David C. Culver, Dan L. Danielopol, Christian Griebler, Amara Gunatilaka, Jos Notenboom, Boris Sket, Klement Tockner, Stuart E. Bunn, Christopher Gordon, Robert J. Naiman, Gerry P. Quinn, Jack A. Stanford, Brian Moss, Christer Brönmark, Glen George, Lars-Anders Hansson, Erik Jeppesen, Alfred M. Beeton, Robert E. Hecky, Kenton M. Stewart, Robert Jellison, William D. Williams (deceased), Brian Timms, Javier Alcocer, Nikolay V. Aladin, Nils Malmer, Peter D. Moore, Michael C. F. Proctor, Mark M. Brinson, Barbara E. Bedford, Beth Middleton, Jos T. A. Verhoeven, Brij Gopal, Wolfgang J. Junk, C. Max Finlayson, Charles M. Breen, Paul Adam, Mark D. Bertness, Anthony J. Davy, Joy B. Zedler, Richard S. Dodd, Jin E. Ong, Michael J. Kennish, Robert J. Livingston, Dave Raffaelli, Karsten Reise, George M. Branch, Richard C. Thompson, Tasman P. Crowe, Juan Carlos Castilla, Olivia Langmead, Stephen J. Hawkins, Robert S. Steneck, Rodrigo H. Bustamante, Paul K. Dayton, Geoffrey P. Jones, Alistair J. Hobday, Tim R. McClanahan, Robert W. Buddemeier, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Paul Sammarco, Alexander C. Brown (deceased), Karl F. Nordstrom, Anton McLachlan, Nancy L. Jackson, Douglas J. Sherman, Carlos M. Duarte, Jens Borum, Frederick T. Short, Diana I. Walker, Stephen J. Hall, Stuart I. Rogers, Simon F. Thrush, Peter G. Verity, John H. Steele, T. Frede Thingstad, Fereidoun Rassoulzadegan, Andrew Clarke, Andrew S. Brierley, Colin M. Harris, Dan Lubin, Raymond C. Smith, Craig R. Smith, Lisa A. Levin, Anthony Koslow, Paul A. Tyler, Adrian G. Glover, Brij Gopal, Nicholas A. J. Graham, Stephen Hall, Venugopalan Ittekkot, Annette Mühlig-Hofmann
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  • Date Published: September 2008
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521833271

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  • Concern about future supplies of fresh water to society, to meet the full range of human needs, now comes very high on the priority list of global societal issues. An overarching issue, which this book addresses, is whether global climate change is a dominant driver of change in the structure and function of all natural water-based ecosystems, or whether direct human population growth and accelerated consumption are playing an equal or greater role. This book divides the whole aquatic realm into 21 ecosystems, from those on land (both saline and fresh water) to those of the open and deep oceans. It draws on the understanding of leading ecologists to summarize the state and likely condition by the year 2025 of each of the ecosystems. Written for academic researchers and environmental professionals, the aim is to put the climate change debate into a broader context as a basis for conservation science and planning.

    • Gives detailed separate treatments of 21 ecosystems based on well-worked case studies
    • Unique review of how ecosystems are likely to change over the next 20 years spanning marine, freshwater and terrestrial-saline environments
    • Polunin puts the climate change debate into a broader context, as a basis for conservation science and decision making
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    "The chapters are appropriate, the information is current, and clarity and uniformity are maintained through all chapters. Placement of the references from all the chapters in one section near the end of the book ease locating full citations for further reading and should be emulated by similar works. Readers unfamiliar with these ecosystems will find this volume a good introduction. Sophisticated readers will find it a handy reference to the literature. ... Highly recommended." - S.R. Fegley, CHOICE

    "Written for academic researchers and environmental professionals, the aim is to put the climate change debate into a broader context as a basis for conservation science and planning." - Northwestern Naturalist, Vol. 18, No. 2

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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521833271
    • length: 512 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 193 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.23kg
    • contains: 89 b/w illus. 39 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Climate, people, fisheries and aquatic ecosystems Robert Engelman, Daniel Pauly, Dirk Zeller, Ronald G. Prinn, John K. Pinnegar and Nicholas V. C. Polunin
    Part I. Flowing Waters:
    2. Prospects for streams and rivers: an ecological perspective Björn Malmqvist, Simon D. Rundle, Alan P. Covich, Alan G. Hildrew, Christopher T. Robinson and Colin R. Townsend
    3. Groundwater ecosystems: human impacts and future management Janine Gibert, David C. Culver, Dan L. Danielopol, Christian Griebler, Amara Gunatilaka, Jos Notenboo and Boris Sket
    4. Flood plains: critically threatened ecosystems Klement Tockner, Stuart E. Bunn, Christopher Gordon, Robert J. Naiman, Gerry P. Quinn, Jack A. Stanford
    Part II. Still Waters:
    5. The future of small lakes and ponds Brian Moss, Christer Brönmark, Glen George, Lars-Anders Hansso and Erik Jeppesen
    6. Environmental trends and potential future states of large freshwater lakes Alfred M. Beeton, Robert E. Hecky and Kenton M. Stewart
    7. Salt lakes: values, threats, and future Robert Jellison, William D. Williams (deceased), Brian Timms, Javier Alcocer and Nikolay V. Aladin
    Part III. Freshwater Wetlands:
    8. The future of cool temperate peatlands Nils Malmer, Peter D. Moore and Michael C. F. Proctor
    9. Temperate freshwater wetlands: response to gradients in moisture regime, human alterations and economic status Mark M. Brinson, Barbara E. Bedford, Beth Middleton and Jos T. A. Verhoeven
    10. Present state and future of tropical wetlands Brij Gopal, Wolfgang J. Junk, C. Max Finlayson and Charles M. Breen
    Part IV. Coastal Wetlands:
    11. Saltmarsh Paul Adam, Mark D. Bertness, Anthony J. Davy and Joy B. Zedler
    12. Future of mangrove ecosystems to 2025 Richard S. Dod and Jin E. Ong
    13. Environmental future of estuaries Michael J. Kennish, Robert J. Livingston, Dave Raffaelli and Karsten Reise
    Part V. Rocky Shores:
    14. Rocky intertidal shores: prognosis for the future George M. Branch, Richard C. Thompson, Tasman P. Crowe, Juan Carlos Castilla, Olivia Langmead and Stephen J. Hawkins
    15. Current status and future trends in kelp forest ecosystems Robert S. Steneck, Rodrigo H. Bustamante, Paul K. Dayton, Geoffrey P. Jone and Alistair J. Hobday
    16. Projecting the current trajectory for coral reefs Tim R. McClanahan, Robert W. Buddemeier, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Paul Sammarco
    Part VI. Soft Shores:
    17. Sandy shores of the near future Alexander C. Brown (deceased), Karl F. Nordstrom, Anton McLachlan, Nancy L. Jackson and Douglas J. Sherman
    18. Seagrass ecosystems: their global status and prospects Carlos M. Duarte, Jens Borum, Frederick T. Short and Diana I. Walker
    19. Continental shelf benthic ecosystems – prospects for an improved environmental future Stephen J. Hall, Stuart I. Rogers and Simon F. Thrush
    Part VII. Vast Marine Systems:
    20. The marine pelagic ecosystem: perspectives on humanity's role in the future Peter G. Verity, John H. Steele, T. Frede Thingstad and Fereidoun Rassoulzadegan
    21. Polar and ice-edge marine systems Andrew Clarke, Andrew S. Brierley, Colin M. Harris, Dan Lubin and Raymond C. Smith
    22. The near future of the deep seafloor ecosystems Craig R. Smith, Lisa A. Levin, Anthony Koslow, Paul A. Tyler and Adrian G. Glover
    23. Synthesis: Trends and global prospects of the Earth's aquatic ecosystems Nicholas V. C. Polunin, Brij Gopal, Nicholas A. J. Graham, Stephen Hall, Venugopalan Ittekkot and Annette Mühlig-Hofmann.

  • Editor

    Nicholas V. C. Polunin, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    Nicholas Polunin is Professor of Marine Environmental Science at the School of Marine Science and Technology in Newcastle. He is also President of the Foundation for Environmental Conservation.

    Contributors

    Robert Engelman, Daniel Pauly, Dirk Zeller, Ronald G. Prinn, John K. Pinnegar, Nicholas V.C. Polunin, Björn Malmqvist, Simon D. Rundle, Alan P. Covich, Alan G. Hildrew, Christopher T. Robinson, Colin R. Townsend, Janine Gibert, David C. Culver, Dan L. Danielopol, Christian Griebler, Amara Gunatilaka, Jos Notenboom, Boris Sket, Klement Tockner, Stuart E. Bunn, Christopher Gordon, Robert J. Naiman, Gerry P. Quinn, Jack A. Stanford, Brian Moss, Christer Brönmark, Glen George, Lars-Anders Hansson, Erik Jeppesen, Alfred M. Beeton, Robert E. Hecky, Kenton M. Stewart, Robert Jellison, William D. Williams (deceased), Brian Timms, Javier Alcocer, Nikolay V. Aladin, Nils Malmer, Peter D. Moore, Michael C. F. Proctor, Mark M. Brinson, Barbara E. Bedford, Beth Middleton, Jos T. A. Verhoeven, Brij Gopal, Wolfgang J. Junk, C. Max Finlayson, Charles M. Breen, Paul Adam, Mark D. Bertness, Anthony J. Davy, Joy B. Zedler, Richard S. Dodd, Jin E. Ong, Michael J. Kennish, Robert J. Livingston, Dave Raffaelli, Karsten Reise, George M. Branch, Richard C. Thompson, Tasman P. Crowe, Juan Carlos Castilla, Olivia Langmead, Stephen J. Hawkins, Robert S. Steneck, Rodrigo H. Bustamante, Paul K. Dayton, Geoffrey P. Jones, Alistair J. Hobday, Tim R. McClanahan, Robert W. Buddemeier, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Paul Sammarco, Alexander C. Brown (deceased), Karl F. Nordstrom, Anton McLachlan, Nancy L. Jackson, Douglas J. Sherman, Carlos M. Duarte, Jens Borum, Frederick T. Short, Diana I. Walker, Stephen J. Hall, Stuart I. Rogers, Simon F. Thrush, Peter G. Verity, John H. Steele, T. Frede Thingstad, Fereidoun Rassoulzadegan, Andrew Clarke, Andrew S. Brierley, Colin M. Harris, Dan Lubin, Raymond C. Smith, Craig R. Smith, Lisa A. Levin, Anthony Koslow, Paul A. Tyler, Adrian G. Glover, Brij Gopal, Nicholas A. J. Graham, Stephen Hall, Venugopalan Ittekkot, Annette Mühlig-Hofmann

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