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Coastal zones are becoming increasingly topical (and politically sensitive) as they face relentless pressures from urban expansion, recreational development and sea level rise due to climate change.
This timely book provides a comprehensive introduction to the formation, dynamics, maintenance and perpetuation of coastal sand dune systems. It describes the interactions between living organisms and the physical processes of geomorphology, with particular emphasis on conservation and management issues due to this habitat's increasingly endangered status. A global range of examples enhance the book's international appeal, which also includes coverage of the latest methods/techniques and experimental approaches with suggestions for student-based field studies and projects.
This accessible text is suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in coastal zone management, marine biology, plant ecology, restoration ecology and conservation biology, as well as the many professional ecologists and conservation biologists requiring a concise but authoritative overview of the topic. The book will also be of relevance and use to coastal managers, planners and naturalists.
Preface; Anwar Maun obituary; 1. Geomorphology; 2. The sand dune environment; 3. Seed dispersal; 4. Seed banks; 5. Seed germination and seedling establishment; 6. Burial by sand; 7. The Ammophila problem; 8. Salt spray and soil salinity; 9. Mycorrhizal fungi; 10. Animal-plant interactions; 11. Plant communities; 12. Zonation and succession; 13. Dune systems in relation to rising seas; Glossary; References; Index
...the book is a mine of information, especially from a historical point of view, and provides a refreshing reminder of the efforts of past researchers...This posthumous work is to be greatly welcomed as it is the synthesis of a lifetime of perspective observation and experimentation into coastal duno systems throughout the world, and is an excellent addition to any ecological library, public or private. Annals of Botany