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Biodiversity in the Marine Environment

A comprehensive review of the marine biodiversity status and trends
An analysis of the importance of marine biodiversity for human being and conservation
A perspective using marine sciences and social sciences for the development of integrated scenarios and policies
An analysis of research needs and priorities for biodiversity conservation and a sustainable development

By: Philippe Goulletquer (Author), Philippe Gros (Author), Gilles Boeuf (Author), Jacques Weber (Author)

200 pages, 71 colour illustrations, 10 colour tables


Hardback | Feb 2014 | #212266 | ISBN-13: 9789401785655
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The oceans cover over 70% of our planet. They are host to a biodiversity of tremendous wealth. Its preservation is now a global priority featuring in several international conventions and a confirmed objective of European policies and national strategies. Understanding the dynamics and the uses of the marine biodiversity is a genuine scientific challenge. Fourteen international experts have got together and identified five priority research themes to address the problem, based on analysing the state of knowledge.

Originally published in French by Éditions Quæ.



The importance of marine biodiversity
Key features
Hierarchical components

The impacts of human activities on marine biodiversity
The strategic values of research

Status and trends
How many marine species are there?
Taxonomic records
Cryptic species
The drive to identify new species
The "taxonomic impediment"
Species under pressure
Extinct species
Endangered species
Ecosystems under pressure: the deep sea
Spatial patterning of characteristics
Temporal patterns

Conceptualising biodiversity
Conceptual frameworks for relationships between biodiversity and human societies. Choice of model framework

Measuring biodiversity
Biodiversity as a macroscopic descriptor in the European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)

Drivers of changes in biodiversity and its uses
Environmental drivers: a working framework

Integrated scenarios and policies
Policies and decision support
Developing scenarios
Quantitative methods, models and integrated assessment

Research needs
The framework: environmental research
Naturalistic dimensions
Human dimensions of research
Developing modelling: a summarising approach


Abbreviations and acronyms
Group of experts

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Philippe Goulletquer, PhD in biological oceanography, is in charge of issues of marine and coastal biodiversity at Ifremer. He is a member of the scientific council on Natural heritage & biodiversity. Philippe Gros, a highly qualified professor of biological sciences at the Ecole normale superieure, joined Ifremer in 1984. He was director of Living resources there. Gilles Boeuf, holding a PhD in developmental biology, is a professor at Pierre & Marie Curie university and President of the National museum of natural history (MNHN). Jacques Weber, an economist and anthropologist, research director at the Cirad, lecturer at the Ecole des hautes etudes and Pierre & Marie Curie university, is vice-chairman of the French committee for Man and biosphere.

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