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Aquatic Ecosystems Trends and Global Prospects

ISBN-10: 0521833272

ISBN-13: 9780521833271

Edition: 2008

Authors: Nicholas V. C. Polunin

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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 the book tries to address is whether global climate change is a dominant driver of change in the structure and function of natural aquatic ecosystems, or whether direct human population growth and accelerated consumption are playing an equal or greater role. This book divides the 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 summarise the state and likely condition by the year 2025 of each of the ecosystems. Written for academic researchers and professionals, the aim is to put the climate change debate into a broader context as a basis for conservation science.
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Book details

List price: $180.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/11/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

Introduction: Climate, people, fisheries and aquatic ecosystems
Prospects for streams and rivers: an ecological perspective
Groundwater ecosystems: human impacts and future management
Flood plains: critically threatened ecosystems
The future of small lakes and ponds
Environmental trends and potential future states of large freshwater lakes
Salt lakes: values, threats and future
The future of cool temperate peatlands
Temperate freshwater wetlands: response to gradients in moisture regime, human alterations and economic status
Present state and future of tropical wetlands
Saltmarsh
Future of mangrove ecosystems to 2025
Environmental future of estuaries
Rocky intertidal shores: prognosis for the future
Current status and future trends in kelp forest ecosystems
Projecting the current trajectory for coral reefs
Sandy shores of the near future
Seagrass ecosystems: their global status and prospects
Continental-shelf benthic ecosystems: prospects for an improved environmental future
The marine pelagic ecosystem: perspectives on humanity's role in the future
Polar and ice-edge marine systems
The near future of the deep-sea floor ecosystems
Trends and global prospects of the Earth s aquatic ecosystems
References
Index