Ecological Geography of the Sea

Ecological Geography of the Sea

by Alan R. Longhurst
     
 

This book presents an in-depth discussion of the biological and ecological geography of the oceans. It synthesizes locally restricted studies of the ocean to generate a global geography for the vast marine world. Ecological Geography of the Sea is the first comprehensive attempt to divide the ocean into distinguishable regions that permit detailed comparisons.See more details below

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This book presents an in-depth discussion of the biological and ecological geography of the oceans. It synthesizes locally restricted studies of the ocean to generate a global geography for the vast marine world. Ecological Geography of the Sea is the first comprehensive attempt to divide the ocean into distinguishable regions that permit detailed comparisons. Based on patterns of algal ecology, the book divides the ocean into four primary compartments, which are then subdivided into secondary compartments. The secondary compartments are identified and characterized by biogeochemical features including nutrient dynamics, continental shelf topography, and algal blooms. Because ocean-wide regional classification has broad impact on the way oceanographers and ecologists study ocean patterns, this book will have wide and long-term appeal.


From the Prepublication Reviews


"...A thorough and thoughtful work and I think a wonderful gift to the next generation of oceanographers." (John Lazier, Bedford Institute of Oceanography)


"This book is a tour de force. Alan Longhurst has written the book that every
marine biogeographer would aspire to write, yet only an exceptional few will
have the breadth of experience, interpretive skills and overall competence to
achieve. It will be a book that all serious students of oceanography will have
to possess, because not only they will constantly be referring to it, but also
because any copy in their library will be instantly purloined." (Martin Angel, Southampton Oceanography Centre)


Praise for the Book


"Alan Longhurst's masterful and stimulating book... beautifully shows us that the
pelagic ecology of many ocean regions can be understood using a few fundamental
concepts. With the coherent and simplified understanding presented in this book,
everyone from the specialist to the layman will look at the ocean with new
interest and appreciation." (Sharon L. Smith in SCIENCE)


"We were all waiting for this book... (its) excellence guarantees that the overall
structure will remain, and that the well deserved eponym [previously referred to
as Longhurst Areas] will stick." (Daniel Pauly in TRENDS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION)


"I enjoyed this book very much. It is beautifully written and generally well
presented. The book will be a standard text for years to come and I cannot see
how serious students of oceanography could do without it." (Dave Raffaelli in JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY)

Author Biography: Alan R. Longhurst, Galerie l'Acadie, Cajarc, France

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780124555594
Publisher:
Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Ecological Gradients: Fronts and the Pycnocline25
3Physical Forcing of Biological Processes39
4Biomes: Primary Compartments in Ecological Oceanography59
5Oceans, Seas and Provinces: The Secondary Compartments77
6Temporal Variability and the Adjustment of Boundaries87
7The Atlantic Ocean99
8The Indian Ocean205
9The Pacific Ocean245
10The Southern Ocean339
Bibliography367
Index391

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