Ecological Dynamics of Tropical Inland Waters

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Overview

Lakes and rivers of the tropics are rich with variety and human relevance, yet do not figure prominently in surveys of general freshwater biology and limnology. The details of the scientific exploration of these lakes and rivers are mostly represented only in regional and specialist descriptions and analyses. In this book, the authors take a generalized view, on a worldwide scale, that is dynamic and quantitative in outlook. They integrate events and processes under tropical conditions—not only geographically, but also within a continuum of physics, chemistry, and biology—to provide a foundation that will be of value to all who study and work with tropical inland waters.

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"The authors have done an impressive job of reviewing the literature, citing well over 1,000 literature sources, including journal articles, obscure reports, and graduate theses. Considering the scattered nature of tropical limnology literature, this alone makes the book a useful reference source...useful reading for undergraduate and graduate students interest in aquatic ecology (tropical or otherwise)...relevant to the interests of most limnologists." American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Inc.

"Most scientists involved in research on tropical waters have anxiously awaited this book, and its publication is welcomed and important to their science. Two distinguished investigators of indisputable stature in tropical limnology have joined efforts to integrate published knowledge on tropical aquatic ecosystems from all over the globe...this book will be recognized as a landmark in the field of aquatic science because it represents the first comprehensive and integrative attempt to address tropical inland water on a global scale." Journal of the North American Benthological Society

"The book should be a valuable tool for those who work with tropical inland waters a well as researchers, teachers, and students in limnology and freshwater biology." BIOSIS

"The authors have done an impressive job of reviewing the literature, citing well over 1,000 literature sources...The progression from basic limnological concepts to a discussion of the interaction between physical, chemical, and biological processes makes it useful reading for undergraduate and graduate students interested in aquatic ecology (tropical or otherwise). Moreover, because its discussion of latitudinal trends is fundamentally about how climate affects ecological dynamics in aquatic ecosystems, it is relevant to the interests of most limnologists." Limnology & Oceanography

"...useful reading for undergraduate and graduate students interested in aquatic ecology (tropical or otherwise)." Limnology and Oceanography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521169400
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/2011
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Environmental transfers in space and time; 3. Resource utilisation and biological production; 4. Patterns of environmental change with time; 5. Reactive components of time-variability; 6. Concluding: tropical distinctiveness; Appendix A. Sources of regional information; Appendix B. Name changes and synonymy; Appendix C. Quantities, units and conversion factors; Appendix D. Symbols used in text; References; Index.

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