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Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: Biological-Physical Interactions in the Oceans


By: Kenneth H Mann(Author), John RN Lazier(Author)

496 pages, illustrations


Paperback | Nov 2005 | Edition: 3 | #152667 | ISBN: 1405111186
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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

"The authors have done an admirable job. I will happily recommend this text to my students and colleagues."
- K J Flynn, University of Swansea

"I have used Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems extensively for my undergraduate oceanography teaching to students from widely different scientific backgrounds. The students found the explanation of the physical processes in this book to be at just the right level, being advanced, up-to-date and clear, but without a lot of complex mathematics. The formulae contained in the book are simple summaries of the physical processes and are easy to use."
- Paul Russell, University of Plymouth

"The book is comprehensive, properly organized, thoroughly researched, thoughtfully synthesized and very well written [...] The book should be mandatory reading not just for senior undergraduate and graduate students [...] but also for those empowered to set up and implement policy for ocean governance."
- Botanica Marina


Preface to Third Edition
Preface to Second Edition
Preface to First Edition

1 Marine Ecology Comes of Age

Part A: Processes on a Scale of less than 1 Kilometer
2 Biology and Boundary Layers
3 Vertical Structure of the Open Ocean: Biology of the Mixed Layer
4 Vertical Structure in Coastal Waters: Freshwater Run-off and Tidal Mixing

Part B: Processes on a Scale of 1-1000 Kilometers
5 Vertical Structure in Coastal Waters: Coastal Upwelling Regions
6 Fronts in Coastal Waters
7 Tides, Tidal Mixing, and Internal Waves

Part C: Processes on a Scale of Thousands of Kilometers
8 Ocean Basin Circulation: The Biology of Major Currents, Gyres, Rings, and Eddies
9 Variability in Ocean Circulation: its Biological Consequences
10 The Oceans and Global Climate Change: Physical and Biological Aspects

Part D: Discussion and Conclusions
11 Questions for the Future


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Dr Ken Mann has taught at universities in England and in Canada and has carried out research on various aquatic ecosystems including the River Thames and the kelp beds and estuaries of eastern Canada. He is currently a Research Scientist Emeritus at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

Dr John Lazier has been a physical oceanographer at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography since the early 1960s. His principal interest has been the circulation of the northwest Atlantic Ocean, especially the response of the Labrador Sea to decadal changes in the weather. He continues this work as a Research Scientist Emeritus.

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