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Impact of Climate Change and Human Activity on the Eco-Environment: An Analysis of the Xisha Islands

Nominated by University of Science and Technology of China as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis
Establishes a development mode of coral island ecosystem
Reconstructs a 2 000-year record of seabird population and their diet
Identify potential impacts of climate change and human activity on ecosystems

Series: Springer Theses

By: Liqiang Xu (Author)

166 pages, 14 colour & 39 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Oct 2014 | #218725 | ISBN-13: 9783662450024
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NHBS Price: £89.99 $110/€101 approx

About this book

This study describes the fundamentals of assessing the vulnerability of coral islands, as well as environmental management and resource exploitation. Using seabird subfossils, such as bones, guano, eggshells etc., which have been well preserved on the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea, the author identifies the influences of climate change and human activity on seabird populations and diets.

Understanding the past is of great importance for predicting the future, and seabird subfossils provide valuable information, which can be used to study changes in seabird ecology, paleoceanography and palaeoclimate. Furthermore, this study proposes examining the biogeochemical cycling of some elements present in the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere.


- Literature review
- Research contents and methodology
- Study area and sample collection
- Chronology
- Geochemical evidence for the development of coral island ecosystem in the Xisha archipelago of the South China Sea
- Seabird population record over the past 2 200 years on the Xisha Islands and possible causes
- Isotopic evidence for seabird diet changes over the past 2 000 years in the Xiasha Islands
- Evidence of human activities from the ornithogenic sediments of the Xisha Islands
- The attempting to isolate DNA from ancient guano particles

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Dr. Liqiang Xu works at the Hefei University of Technology, China.

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