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The Mediterranean Sea: Its History and Present Challenges

Environmental change relations in the Mediterranean Sea since its formation and all aspects of life in it and around its shores
Looks at ways the geology, currents and chemistry of the Sea have affected plant life, fauna and mankind from the distant past, through present patterns, towards likely future scenarios
Essential to researchers and advanced students focusing on the Mediterranean environment, biota, past, heritage and challenges laying ahead for its diverse dependents

By: Stefano Goffredo (Editor), Zvy Dubinsky (Editor)

678 pages, 169 colour photos and illustration, 68 b/w illustrations

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Oct 2013 | #205335 | ISBN-13: 9789400767034
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About this book

The Mediterranean Sea: Its History and Present Challenges is an indispensable addition to the multidisciplinary coverage of the science of the Mediterranean Sea. The editors have gathered leading authorities from the fields of Marine Biology, Ecology, paleoclimatology, Chemical and Physical Oceanography, Zoology, Botany, Aquatic Photosynthesis, Socioeconomics, Mariculture, Mediterranean History and Science of Humanity.

Beginning with the birth of the Mediterranean Sea and its myths. From coral to fish, an introduction is given to its major inhabitants of plants and animals past and present. The chapters illustrate how organisms interact as part of the structure and function of the Sea's main ecosystems. The rise of the Mediterranean as the cradle of the Western Civilization leads to a discourse on the status of human interaction with the sea. Accelerating global climate change, water warming, ocean acidification and sea level rise, and analyses of their effects on key organisms, entire ecosystems and human socioeconomics are given. Forecasting and predictions are presented taking into account different future scenarios from the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change).

The Mediterranean Sea: Its History and Present Challenges is richly illustrated in color, with an extensive bibliography. A valuable addition to the limited literature in the field, offering up-to-date broad coverage merging science and humanities.


Contents

PART I: Geology, chemical and physical oceanography
1. The Geological origins and paleoceanographic history of the Mediterranean region: Tethys to Present
2. A channeled shelf fan initiated by flooding of The Black Sea
3. Past, present and future patterns of the thermohaline circulation and characteristic water masses of the Mediterranean Sea
4. Past, present and future patterns in the nutrient chemistry of the Eastern Mediterranean
5. Marine chemosynthesis in the Mediterranean Sea

PART II: Ecology: Taxa and Trophic Levels
6. Microbial components
7. Mediterranean Sea - Primary Productivity
8. Autochthonous seaweeds
9. Autochthonous seagrasses
10. Alien benthic algae and seagrasses in the Mediterranean Sea and their connection to global warming
11. The zooplankton
12. Zoobenthos
13. Foraminifera
14. Mediterranean corals through time: from Miocene to present
15. Mediterranean coral population dynamics: a tale of 20 years of field studies
16. The making of the Mediterranean molluscan biodiversity
17. Recent variations in the distribution of autochthonous marine molluscs in the Mediterranean Sea
18. Advances in predicting the impacts of global warming on the mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis in the Mediterranean Sea
19. Holoplanktonic Mollusca: development in the Mediterranean Basin during the last 30 million years and their future
20. Ocean acidification and warming effects on Crustacea: possible future scenarios
21. Bryozoan constructions in a changing Mediterranean Sea
22. The fishes of the Mediterranean a biota under siege
23. Physiological responses of marine animals towards adaptation to climate changes

Part III: Global Climate Change and Ecosystem Effects
24. A comparative analysis of trophic structure and functioning in large-scale Mediterranean marine ecosystems
25. Bioconstructions in the Mediterranean: present and future
26. Marine bioerosion
27. Metamorphoses: Bioinvasions in the Mediterranean Sea
28. Future trends of Mediterranean biodiversity
29. Regime shifts in the marine environment: How do they affect ecosystem services?

PART IV: Mediterranean Man and Sea: Myths, origins, challenges and opportunities
30. Mediterranean culture and climatic change: past patterns and future trends
31. The Mediterranean human population: an Anthropological Genetics perspective
32. The Mediterranean and the voices transported by time
33. Mediterranean royal purple: Biology through ritual
34. Socioeconomic Aspects: Human migrations, Tourism and Fisheries
35. Effect of climatic and anthropogenic disturbances on sponge fisheries
36. Seafood safety and human health implications
37. Mediterranean aquaculture in a changing climate
38. Climate change, extreme weather events and health effects
39. Conflicts and Security Risks of Climate Change in the Mediterranean Region
40. Developing Resource Management and Marine Policy for the Eastern Mediterranean Sea


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