Waters in Peril

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Waters in Peril presents the most recent scientific evidence produced by internationally renowned ocean scientists on the current state of ocean ecosystems, globally. Covering over seventy percent of the earth's surface, the ocean is the world's largest common property resource, jointly owned by over six billion humans. It is the foundation for life on earth as we know it.
The content ranges from the movement of essential nutrients in the sea to the loss of diversity as a ...

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Overview

Waters in Peril presents the most recent scientific evidence produced by internationally renowned ocean scientists on the current state of ocean ecosystems, globally. Covering over seventy percent of the earth's surface, the ocean is the world's largest common property resource, jointly owned by over six billion humans. It is the foundation for life on earth as we know it.
The content ranges from the movement of essential nutrients in the sea to the loss of diversity as a consequence of overharvesting practices and habitat loss. Essential to the maintenance of complex ecosystems is the proper functioning of biogeochemical cycles within the oceans. Waters in Peril addresses this topic by detailing behavior of the essential nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus, and discussing how these cycles are being altered so as to compromise the function of ocean ecosystems. Issues regarding how man-made activities are further altering the structure of oceanic systems are also discussed. In addition, the mechanism for and consequences of the loss of biodiversity are described, with issues such as overfishing, the invasion of exotic species, and the loss of ocean habitat being presented in such a way that the average reader can readily grasp the concepts.
Rather than end on a negative 'Doomsday' note, the final chapters provide recommendations and directions for solutions as to how to reverse these human-induced trends.

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Editorial Reviews

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'I would certainly recommend that this book be put on the reading list for any ecological or environmental degree course.'
Biological Conservation, 107 (2002)
'Waters in Peril is nevertheless a very useful, well-written and up-to-date review of the global status of our oceans and their conservation. This is a valuable addition to undergraduate or postgraduate courses on marine conservation, biodiversity and pollution. ...highly recommend this book to the libraries of universities and marine research institutes.'
Hydrobiologia, 493 (2003)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461355816
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Who Speaks for the Oceans?
Preface
Waters in Peril
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Biodiversity
Ch. 1 Biological Invasions of Marine Ecosystems: Patterns, Effects, and Management 3
Ch. 2 Known and Unknown Biodiversity, Risk of Extinction and Conservation Strategy in The Sea 19
Ch. 3 Deep-Sea Fisheries: Perspectives and Lessons 35
Ch. 4 Fishing Down Marine Food Webs: An Update 47
Ch. 5 Ecological Implications of the Shellfishery; A Case Study on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada 57
Pt. II Marine Ecosystem Function
Ch. 6 The Oceanic Nitrogen Cycle: A Double-Edged Agent of Environmental Change? 73
Ch. 7 Beyond Algal Blooms, Oxygen Deficits and Fish Kills: Chronic, Long-Term Impacts of Nutrient Pollution on Aquatic Ecosystems 103
Ch. 8 Responses of Pelagic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change - Can We Predict Them? 127
Ch. 9 The Arctic Ocean and Contaminants: Pathways that Lead to Us 135
Ch. 10 Shouldn't We Be Putting Our Sulphide-Rich Mine Tailings in the Ocean or in Lakes Rather than on Land? 151
Pt. III Towards Solutions
Ch. 11 The Cumulative Effects of Climate Warming and Other Human Stresses on Canadian Freshwaters in the New Millennium 165
Ch. 12 Marine Biological Diversity: Conserving Life in the Neglected Ninety-nine Percent 187
Ch. 13 Human Ecology, Material Consumption, and the Sea: Indices of Human Ecological Dysfunction 201
Ch. 14 Prevention is Better Than Cure: Systems of 'No-Take' Marine Reserves 221
Index 233
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