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Global environmental change (including climate change, biodiversity loss, changes in hydrological and biogeochemical cycles, and intensive exploitation of natural resources) is having significant impacts on the world's oceans. Marine Ecosystems and Global Change advances knowledge of the structure and functioning of marine ecosystems and their past, present, and future responses to physical and anthropogenic forcing. It illustrates how climate and humans impact marine ecosystems, providing a comprehensive review of the physical and ecological processes that structure marine ecosystems as well as the observation, experimentation and modelling approaches required for their study.
Recognizing the interactive roles played by humans in using marine resources and in responding to global changes in marine systems, Marine Ecosystems and Global Change includes chapters on the human dimensions of marine ecosystem changes and on effective management approaches in this era of rapid change. A final section reviews the state of the art in predicting the responses of marine ecosystems to future global change scenarios with the intention of informing both future research agendas and marine management policy.
List of acronyms
1: Manuel Barange, John G. Field & Will Steffen: Introduction: oceans in an earth system
Section 1 - The Changing Ocean Ecosystems
2: Ken Drinkwater et al: Climate Forcing on Marine Ecosystems
3: Keith Brander et al: Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems
Section 2 - Advances in Understanding the Structure and Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems
4: Dian J. Gifford et al: Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: target species
5: Brad deYoung et al: Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: physical-biological interactions - integration and modelling
6: Roger P. Harris et al: Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: observation and experimentation
7: Coleen L. Moloney et al: Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: ecological processes
Section 3 - The Human Dimensions of Changes in Marine Ecosystems
8: R. Ian Perry et al: Interactions between Changes in Marine Ecosystems and Human Communities
9: Manuel Barange et al: Marine Resources Management in the Face of Change: from ecosystem science to ecosystem-based management
Section 4 - A Way Forward
10: Shin-ichi Ito et al: Ocean Ecosystem Responses to Future Global Change Scenarios: a way forward
11: Eileen E. Hofmann, Manuel Barange, John G. Field, Roger P. Harris, R. Ian Perry & Francisco Werner: Marine Ecosystems and Global Change: a synthesis
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