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Sensitivity to Change: Black Sea, Baltic Sea and North Sea
     

Sensitivity to Change: Black Sea, Baltic Sea and North Sea

by Emin Ozsoy (Editor), Alexander Mukaelyan (Editor)
 

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The most seriously threatened European seas are the North Sea, the Baltic and the Black Sea. Here the rapid degradation of these marine environments is examined comparatively to identify similarities and differences in the driving forces and responses of the marine systems. Although it is difficult to distinguish between anthropogenic changes and those due to natural

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The most seriously threatened European seas are the North Sea, the Baltic and the Black Sea. Here the rapid degradation of these marine environments is examined comparatively to identify similarities and differences in the driving forces and responses of the marine systems. Although it is difficult to distinguish between anthropogenic changes and those due to natural climate fluctuations, an attempt is made here to define possible effects based on a multidisciplinary mix of recent observations and modelling.
The systems studied range from almost totally enclosed domains to marginal seas adjoining a large ocean body, and from shallow, dissipative and tidally dominated shelf regions to deep, relatively stagnant basins with adjoining energetic shelf regions, and from completely anoxic to oxygen-saturated chemical environments. Climate control appears as a background theme, while the most significant human effect is eutrophication, which is leading to rapid changes in these systems.

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Thirty-seven presentations comparatively investigate three semi-enclosed seas and their patterns of circulation, transport, and mixing associated with the particular geometry, topography, boundary processes, interior stratification, atmospheric forcing, ice formation, straits / sill controls and specific inputs of freshwater, nutrients, and pollutants, in an attempt at greater understanding of ecosystem sensitivity in the different environments. Systems investigated range from almost totally enclosed domains to marginal seas adjoining a large ocean body, and from shallow shelf regions to deep basins. The studies discuss a number of physical, chemical, and biological controls including effects of sea-ice, pycnocline mixing, geochemical residence time and removal rates of compounds, food-web relationships, and invasions by opportunistic species. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789401064293
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Series:
Nato Science Partnership Subseries: 2 (closed) , #27
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
Pages:
516
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.04(d)

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