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Marine Ecosystems and Global Change

Edited by Manuel Barange, John G. Field, Roger P. Harris, Eileen E. Hofmann, R. Ian Perry and Francisco Werner

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199558025
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191721939 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558025.001.0001
Marine Ecosystems and Global Change

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Global environmental change, which includes climate change, biodiversity loss, changes in hydrological and biogeochemical cycles, and intensive exploitation of natural resources, is having significant impacts on the world's oceans. This book advances knowledge of the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems, and their past, present, and future responses to physical and anthropogenic forcing. The book illustrates how climate and humans impact marine ecosystems by a comprehensive review of the physical and ecological processes that structure marine ecosystems and the observation, experimentation, and modelling approaches required for their study. Recognizing the interactive roles played by humans in using marine resources and in responding to global changes in marine systems, the book includes chapters on the human dimensions of marine ecosystem changes and on effective management approaches in the era of change. Part IV reviews the state of the art in predicting the responses of marine ecosystems to future global change scenarios. The book provides a synthesis of the work conducted under the auspices of the Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (GLOBEC) project over the last two decades, as the largest, multi-disciplinary, international effort focused on understanding the impacts of external forcing on the structure and dynamics of global marine ecosystems.

Keywords: global environmental change; marine ecosystems; ecosystem structure and dynamics; GLOBEC; climate variability and change; fishing

Book.  440 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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Introduction: oceans in the earth system in Marine Ecosystems and Global Change

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Climate forcing on marine ecosystems in Marine Ecosystems and Global Change

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Human impacts on marine ecosystems in Marine Ecosystems and Global Change

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Dynamics of marine ecosystems: target species in Marine Ecosystems and Global Change

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Dynamics of marine ecosystems: ecological processes in Marine Ecosystems and Global Change

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