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Monitoring Rocky Shores

Steven Murray

Edited by J. Stanford and R.L. Newell

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247284
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932715 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247284.001.0001
Monitoring Rocky Shores

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Monitoring changes in the intertidal zone of rocky shores has never been more critical. This sensitive habitat at the interface of land and ocean may well be the marine equivalent of the canary in a coal mine as we advance into an era of global climate change. This book describes effective methods and procedures for monitoring the ecological and environmental status of these areas. It provides critical discussions and evaluation of the various sampling techniques and field procedures for studies of intertidal macroinvertebrates, seaweeds, and seagrasses. Rather than prescribing standard protocols or procedures, the book breaks down the decision-making process into various elements so investigators can become aware of the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a particular method or approach. Topics include site selection, field sampling layouts and designs, selection of sampling units, nondestructive and destructive methods of quantifying abundance, and methods for measuring age, growth rates, size, structure, and reproductive condition.

Keywords: intertidal zone; land; ocean; climate change; ecological status; environmental status; macroinvertebrates; seaweeds; seagrasses; site selection

Book.  240 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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Site Classification and Selection in Monitoring Rocky Shores

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Biological Units in Monitoring Rocky Shores

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Sampling Design in Monitoring Rocky Shores

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Transects, Quadrats, and Other Sampling Units in Monitoring Rocky Shores

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Quantifying Abundance in Monitoring Rocky Shores

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Quantifying Abundance in Monitoring Rocky Shores

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Individual-Based Parameters in Monitoring Rocky Shores

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