Subtropical Convergence Environments: The Coast and Sea in the Southwestern Atlantic

Overview

Subtropical convergence regions in the southwestern Atlantic have a high biological productivity, and are important as nursery and feeding areas and as reproduction grounds for fishery sks of subtropical and antarctic origin.
This book represents the first multidisciplinary treatise of this large and complex marine ecosystem. It analyses how subtropical convergence and land-sea interactions influence the coast, and sea and their biota. Synthesizing the rapidly expanding ...

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Overview

Subtropical convergence regions in the southwestern Atlantic have a high biological productivity, and are important as nursery and feeding areas and as reproduction grounds for fishery sks of subtropical and antarctic origin.
This book represents the first multidisciplinary treatise of this large and complex marine ecosystem. It analyses how subtropical convergence and land-sea interactions influence the coast, and sea and their biota. Synthesizing the rapidly expanding information, it provides a comprehensive appraisal of the biological resources, an assessment of their sustainable exploitation, and an evaluation of oceanographic processes. An inventory of all marine taxa in the southwestern Atlantic is included as an appendix.

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“The general understanding of coastal and marine ecosystems like coasts and seas themselves is continuously evolving. … The authors of this book have made an attempt to synthesize the rapidly expanding database … . will be useful to many different readers including ecologists and other scientists, resource managers, students and interested laypersons. … This book is based upon an enormous body of original literature and individual contributions of hithertoo unpublished data authored by many scientists for extracting the pertinent information.” (Entomologia Generalis, Vol. 32 (1), 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642644184
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction and Overview.- 2 Regional Climate.- 3 Coastal Plain and Patos Lagoon.- 4 Environment and Biota of the Patos Lagoon Estuary.- 4.1 Geological Setting.- 4.2 Hydrographic Characteristics.- 4.3 Environmental Chemistry.- 4.4 Tidal Marsh and Wetland Plants.- 4.5 Submersed Spermatophytes.- 4.6 Benthic Macroalgae.- 4.7 Microalgae.- 4.8 Bacteria and Protozooplankton.- 4.9 Zooplankton.- 4.10 Benthic Invertebrates.- 4.11 Physiological Adaptations of Invertebrates and Fish.- 4.12 Ichthyoplankton.- 4.13 Fish Fauna.- 4.14 Bird Fauna.- 4.15 Marine Mammals.- 5 Energy Flow and Habitats in the Patos Lagoon Estuary.- 5.1Primary Production Cycles.- 5.2 Trophic Structure.- 5.3 Irregularly Flooded Marginal Marshes.- 5.4 Unvegetated Intertidal Flats and Subtidal Bottoms.- 5.5 Seagrass Meadows.- 5.6 Rubble Structures and Hard Substrates.- 6 Coastal and Marine Environments and Their Biota.- 6.1 Geomorphological Setting.- 6.2 Physical Oceanography.- 6.3 Chemical Characteristics.- 6.4 Coastal Foredune Flora.- 6.5 Coastal Foredune Fauna.- 6.6 Bacterioplankton.- 6.7 Phytoplankton.- 6.8 Protozooplankton.- 6.9 Zooplankton.- 6.10 Benthic Beach Invertebrates.- 6.11 Continental Shelf Benthos.- 6.12 Ichthyoplankton.- 6.13 Pelagic Teleosts.- 6.14 Demersal and Benthic Teleosts.- 6.15 Early Life History of Silverside Fishes.- 6.16 Demersal Elasmobranchs.- 6.17 Cephalopods.- 6.18 Marine Mammals and Turtles.- 6.19 Sea and Shore Birds.- 6.20 Genetic-Biochemical Differentiation among Marine Organisms.- 7 Relationships and Function of Coastal and Marine Environments.- 7.1 The Foredune System.- 7.2 The Beach and Surf Zone.- 7.3 The Continental Shelf and Slope.- 8 Estuarine-Marine Interactions.- 9 Fisheries.- 10 Natural and Human Impact.- 11 Management Considerations.- References.

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