Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems: Biological-Physical Interactions in the Oceans / Edition 3

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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
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405111188
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents


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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2006


    Are you studying and working in the area of marine ecology and biological oceanography? If you are, this book is for you! Authors K. H. Mann and J. R. N. Lazier, have written an outstanding 3rd edition of a book about the ecology of open-ocean communities. Mann and Lazier, begin with an overview of marine ecology and how it has come of age. Then, they explore the intimate relationships between the small-scale processes in sea water and the lives of plants and animals. The authors continue by discussing the physical processes that affect the vertical distributions of light, heat, and nutrients, so as to better understand the dynamics of phytoplankton production. In addition, they also discuss the vertical structure in coastal waters--freshwater run-off and tidal mixing. The authors also examine the special places where wind-induced upwelling is the dominant mechanism for bringing new nutrients to the surface. Then, the authors investigate the distinctive physical and biological properties found in each type of coastal waters fronts. Next, they explore some of the interesting consequences of tidally induced water movement. Then, the authors begin to consider the ocean basins in their entirety. Next, they review some of the most exciting developments of the decade (1995-2005). The authors continue by describing the mechanism of global warming and the present-day global carbon cycle. Finally, the authors discuss questions for the future. This excellent book also includes discussions of the physical-biological interactions and how they provide plausible mechanisms by which the atmospheric changes might be linked to the food webs and the fish-stock changes. Furthermore, the book has clearly met a need and found a very receptive audience, in the authors' review of the developments in marine ecology, as an integrated physical, chemical, and biological discipline.

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