Coastal-Marine Conservation: Science and Policy / Edition 1

Coastal-Marine Conservation: Science and Policy / Edition 1

by G. Carleton Ray, Jerry McCormick-Ray
     
 

The coastal-marine realm is where land, sea, and air exchange energy and materials, and where the greatest biological diversity on Earth exists. This realm is also where most people live, but where conservation has been most neglected. Species loss, over-abundance, ill-health, abnormal behavior, and deteriorating habitats mount in the face of human extractions,

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The coastal-marine realm is where land, sea, and air exchange energy and materials, and where the greatest biological diversity on Earth exists. This realm is also where most people live, but where conservation has been most neglected. Species loss, over-abundance, ill-health, abnormal behavior, and deteriorating habitats mount in the face of human extractions, additions, and physical alterations. Of even greater concern are the rates and magnitude of environmental change and an environmental debt that has resulted from centuries of human development.

This book provides a window into the complex world of coastal-realm conservation science and policy. Conservation issues and mechanisms begin the text, followed by a characterization of the coastal-marine realm and a review of natural history concepts. Three cases — the temperate Chesapeake Bay, the sub-arctic Bering Sea, and the tropical Bahamas — illustrate real-world conservation issues. An analysis of the effects of human activities on coastal-marine ecosystems highlights increasing rates of change and fragmented governance. The book concludes with a synthesis of the major challenges for conservation and strategies for the future.The book is intended for undergraduates and graduates taking courses in coastal and marine conservation and management, as well as for those actively engaged in coastal-marine conservation activities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780632055371
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Part I: Issues and Mechanisms:.

1. Conservation Issues:.

Introduction.

Primary Issues.

Secondary Issues.

Tertiary Issues.

Conclusion.

2. Mechanisms:.

Introduction.

Species And Habitat Conservation.

New Directions.

Agents Of Change.

Conclusion.

Part II: Science:.

3. The Coastal Realm Ecosystem:.

Introduction.

Global Dynamics.

Defining Attributes.

Physical Components.

Biotic Land-Seascapes.

Coastal Realm Properties.

The Coastal Realm: A Complex Ecosystem.

Conclusion.

4. Natural History Of Coastal-Marine Organisms:.

Introduction.

Diversity Of Coastal-Realm Life.

Life In Water.

Life-History Diversity.

Biological Assembly.

Patterns.

Biogeography And Environmental Classification.

Conclusion.

Part III: Case Studies:.

Introduction.

5. Chesapeake Bay: Estuarine Alteration And Restoration:.

Introduction.

Characteristic Features Of Chesapeake Bay.

Ecosystem Properties Under Biotic Control.

Humans: Force And Magnitude Of Change.

Assessing Ecosystem Condition.

Restoration: The Chesapeake Bay Program.

Conclusion.

6. Bering Sea: Marine Mammals In A Regional Sea:.

Introduction.

Physical Setting.

Biotic Relationships.

Historical Exploitation Of Beringian Marine Mammals.

Steller Sea Lion, Eumetopias Jubatus.

Pacific Walrus, Odobenus Rosmarus Divergens.

Conclusion.

7. Bahamas: Tropical-Oceanic Island Nation:.

Introduction.

Process And Pattern.

Roots Of Conservation In Social History.

Conservation For Sustainability.

Conclusion.

Part IV: Analysis and Synthesis:.

8. Coastal-Realm Change:.

Introduction.

Accounting For Change.

The Human-Dominated Coastal Realm.

Conclusion.

9. Synthesis:.

Introduction.

The Rise Of Coastal-Realm Conservation.

Challenges For Coastal-Realm Conservation.

Strategies For Coastal-Realm Conservation.

Conclusion.

Citations And Readings.

Index.

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