This book series provides an in-depth analysis of Brazilian marine biodiversity for a broad and international readership.
The diversity of marine habitats found in Brazil is astonishing and includes estuaries, coral reefs, rocky shores, sandy beaches, rhodolith beds, mangroves, salt marshes, deep-sea habitats, vegetated bottoms, and continental shelf. These habitats are addressed from an ecosystem perspective across the series, and characterized in terms of distribution along the Brazilian coast, records of relevant species, and information on the prevailing structuring ecological and oceanographic processes.
The series presents an analysis of the role of biodiversity and the importance of ecosystem services, and discusses it in relation to the threats to each habitat, such as pollution, invasive species, and global environmental changes. It also introduces educational and outreach strategies to address the Brazilian population’s environmental questions related to the coasts and oceans, which could inspire educational projects on marine biodiversity worldwide.
This series is an initiative of the Brazilian Network for Monitoring Coastal Benthic Habitats (ReBentos). Supported by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Research Program on Biodiversity Characterization, Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use of the São Paulo Research Foundation (BIOTA-FAPESP), ReBentos is also part of the Brazilian Network on Global Climate Change Research (Rede Clima) at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI).