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Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems

512 pages
The new edition of this widely respected text provides comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the effects of biological–physical interactions in the oceans from the microscopic to the global scale.
  • considers the influence of physical forcing on biological processes in a wide range of marine habitats including coastal estuaries, shelf-break fronts, major ocean gyres, coral reefs, coastal upwelling areas, and the equatorial upwelling system
  • investigates recent significant developments in this rapidly advancing field
  • includes new research suggesting that long-term variability in the global atmospheric circulation affects the circulation of ocean basins, which in turn brings about major changes in fish stocks. This discovery opens up the exciting possibility of being able to predict major changes in global fish stocks
  • written in an accessible, lucid style, this textbook is essential reading for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students studying marine ecology and biological oceanography
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Part A
2 3 4
Part B
5 6 7
Part C
9 10
Preface to third edition Preface to second edition Preface to first edition
Marine ecology comes of age
Processes on a scale of less than 1 kilometer
Biology and boundary layers Vertical structure of the open ocean: biology of the mixed layer Vertical structure in coastal waters: freshwater run-off and tidal mixing
Processes on a scale of 1–1000 kilometers
Vertical structure in coastal waters: coastal upwelling regions Fronts in coastal waters Tides, tidal mixing, and internal waves
Processes on a scale of thousands of kilometers
Ocean basin circulation: the biology of major currents, gyres, rings, and eddies Variability in ocean circulation: its biological consequences The oceans and global climate change: physical and biological aspects
vii ix xi
9 68
165 216 254
287 337
Part D
Discussion and conclusions
Questions for the future
Appendix References Index Color plate section between pp. 283 –284
441 444 489