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Overview

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

Audience: Ecologists, oceanographers, marine and fishery scientists.

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Editorial Reviews

Joerg-Henner Lotze
With special focus on algal ecology, this book takes a comprehensive look at specialized regional studies of biological and ecological geography and places them neatly within a global context. ...An impressive overview of the technical literature. —Northeastern Naturalist
Yves Dandonneau
It is extremely well documented and precisely written, and this is remarkable considering the diversity of sources and sometimes the contradictions Longhurst had to work with. Everyone will find something of interest in this book. —Nature
John Lazier
...A thorough and thoughtful work and I think a wonderful gift to the next generation of oceanographers.
Martin Angel
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.
Sharon L. Smith
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.
Daniel Pauly
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.
Dave Raffaelli
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.
Booknews
Synthesizes the many local studies to generate a global geography for the entire marine world. Based in part on global patterns of algal ecology, divides the oceans into four primary biomes, then subdivides those into secondary compartments based on such biochemical features as nutrient dynamics, continental shelf topography, and algal blooms. Of interest to a wide range of both oceanographers and ecologists who work in the tidal fields between the two fields. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From The Critics
This is the paperbound reprint of a 1998 work that synthesizes local studies to generate a global geography for the entire marine world. Based in part on global patterns of algal ecology, this approach divides the oceans into four primary biomes, then subdivides those into secondary compartments based on such biochemical features as nutrient dynamics, continental shelf topography, and algal blooms. Of interest to a wide range of both oceanographers and ecologists who work in the tidal fields between the two disciplines. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
Praise for the first edition:
"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, SCIENCE

"We were all waiting for this book...(its) excellence guarantees that the overall structure will remain, and that the well deserved eponym [previuosly referred to as Longhurst Areas] will stick."
--Daniel Pauly in Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124555587
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 398
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

After 4 years of war service and after graduating from the University of London in 1952, Alan Longhurst subsequently studied the ecology of benthic communities and demersal fish off tropical West Africa and New Zealand, and the ecology of oceanic zooplankton in the eastern tropical Pacific, the north Atlantic and the arctic archipelago of Canada. He has held both research and administrative posts in several laboratories and has had many less formal occupations, such as coordinating the EASTROPAC surveys or acting as Secretary, SCOR. He has published widely in the field of benthic and pelagic ecology, and concerning the ecological basis of fisheries. He is now retired and spends much of year in SW France, where he assists his wife in running a gallery of contemporary art, keeping a sharp eye out for oceanographers among their clients.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Ecological Gradients: Fronts and the Pycnocline 25
3 Physical Forcing of Biological Processes 39
4 Biomes: Primary Compartments in Ecological Oceanography 59
5 Oceans, Seas and Provinces: The Secondary Compartments 77
6 Temporal Variability and the Adjustment of Boundaries 87
7 The Atlantic Ocean 99
8 The Indian Ocean 205
9 The Pacific Ocean 245
10 The Southern Ocean 339
Bibliography 367
Index 391
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