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Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life

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  • 110 colour illus. 3 tables
  • Page extent: 286 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 0.63 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521165129)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published November 2010

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Over the 10-year course of the recently completed Census of Marine Life, a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations has collaborated to improve our understanding of marine biodiversity – past, present, and future. Providing insight into this remarkable project, this book explains the rationale behind the Census and highlights some of its most important and dramatic findings, illustrated with full-color photographs throughout. It explores how new technologies and partnerships have contributed to greater knowledge of marine life, from unknown species and habitats, to migration routes and distribution patterns, and to a better appreciation of how the oceans are changing. Looking to the future, it identifies what needs to be done to close the remaining gaps in our knowledge and provide information that will enable us to better manage resources, conserve diversity, reverse habitat losses, and respond to global climate change.


Foreword; Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Unknown. Why a Census?: 1. Planet Ocean; 2. The ocean environments; 3. A riot of species from microbes to whales; Part II. The Known. What has the Census Learned?: 4. New ways of seeing deeper and farther; 5. Around the ocean rim; 6. At the ends of the Earth; 7. Ocean life in motion; 8. Into the deep; 9. Changing ocean; Part III. From Unknown to Unknowable: 10. Planet Ocean beyond 2010; Index.


"... the book is light on scientific results but presents enough intriguing findings and background to whet appetites. Generously illustrated with high-quality images both of technologies (high and low) and marine organisms, it is more useful and enjoyable than the CoML Web site (CH, May'11, 48-5060), especially as an introduction for high school and undergraduate students who might be interested in marine biology."
A.J. Kohn, emeritus, University of Washington, for Choice Magazine

  "This pacey book captures the excitement, adventure and pioneering spirit of this band of dedicated researchers, intent on  increasing knowledge of marine life to ensure its sustainability. Beautifully illustrated with clear diagrams and spectacular   photographs of many new and bizarre discoveries, it would be easy to say this book should be read by anyone with an interest in marine life, more than that it should be read by everyone with a stake in the future of planet Earth (or is that planet Ocean?)."
Kelvin Boot, Marine Scientist

The self-stated goal of the book—“to bring the excitement of the Census and its findings to as broad an audience as possible”— has, I believe, been achieved. Not that everyone will want to read it from cover to cover, but there is something in here for nearly everyone, and appreciating the magnitude of this research collaboration should be an inspiration to all scientists."
Ed Jackiewicz, Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers

"The Census of Marine Life is undoubtedly one of the most amazing scientific collaborative efforts of all time. The story of the COML is nothing short of incredible, and it is told wonderfully in the new book Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life: Making Ocean Life Count. The Census may be over, but it’s legacy of large scale cooperative science and explaining important research to the public will, hopefully, live on for a long time. If you want to learn about this incredible project and their amazing discoveries, if you want to be inspired by how smart people came together to solve a huge and important problem, or if you just want to know more about our oceans, Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life is a must-read!
Southern Fried

"The Census pushed back the curtains of the unknown, and the view was magnificent. And although the Census has concluded, the quest—and the romance—continue."
Carl Safina, Quarterly Review of Biology

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