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The vulnerability of the ocean ecosystem combines the probability of exposure to natural or anthropogenic pressure, sensitivity and resilience. Vulnerability of the Ocean System presents a systemic view of the diversity of pressures and impacts produced by climate change and human actions. Erosion of biodiversity by changing ocean chemistry, the intensification of global change raises the problem of the adaptation of living resources.
Land uses induce ecological imbalances leading to asphyxiation true coastal ecosystems. More than a billion tons of solid waste must be assimilated by the marine environment and food webs. Radioactive discharges emitted into the atmosphere or into the aquatic environment, raise the question of their future.
Chapter 1. Ocean biodiversity and resources
Chapter 2. Impact of global change on the dynamics of natural resources exploited
Philippe Gros and Patrick Prouzet
Chapter 3. Ocean acidification and its consequences
Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Lina Hansson and Frédéric Gazeau
Chapter 4. Marine eutrophication
Chapter 5. Pollution by Solid Waste
Chapter 6. Anthropogenic radioactivity in the marine environment
Sabine Charmasson Pascal Bailly du Bois, Hervé Thebault, Dominique and Bruno Boust Fiévet