World Atlas of Biodiversity: Earth's Living Resources in the 21st Century / Edition 1

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Overview

The World Atlas of Biodiversity is an updated edition of Global Biodiversity: Status of the Earth's Living Resources, originally published in 1992 and reissued in 2000 as Global Biodiversity: Earth's living resources in the 21st Century. This 2002 edition, totally redesigned and updated, includes new data and graphics, additional photos, and additional material on food issues and biodiversity, as well as an entirely new chapter on protected areas and other conservation issues.

World Atlas of Biodiversity addresses the remarkable growth in concern at all levels for living things and the environment, and increased appreciation of the links between the state of ecosystems and the state of humankind. Building on a wealth of research and analysis by the conservation community worldwide, this book provides a comprehensive and accessible view of key global issues in biodiversity. It outlines some of the broad ecological relationships between humans and the rest of the material world and summarizes information on the health of the planet. Opening with an outline of some fundamental aspects of material cycles and energy flow in the biosphere, the book goes on to discuss the expansion of this diversity through geological time and the pattern of its distribution over the surface of the Earth, and trends in the condition of the main ecosystem types and the species integral to them.

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Editorial Reviews

Malcolm Gordon
The book amounts to a detailed report card on the status of the world's biodiversity resources at the beginning of the new millenium. It brings together, and integrates to substantial degrees, huge amounts of information that is widely scattered in both technical literature and in governmental and NGO reports.
Simon A. Levin
This is an exciting piece of work-well-written, well-researched, and authoritative.
Scientist New
This book is a stocktaking exercise for those in the conservation industry: it's a comprehensive assessment of what species are present and where.
Library Journal
Published to coincide with the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, this work provides an overview of the current state of global diversity, a source of growing concern in past years. The authors, both staff members of the World Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme, focus on the diversity of living organisms, their populations, and major aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem types. Opening with a discussion of material cycles and energy flow, the text goes on to examine diversity through geological time, species extinction, and the increasing human impact on the environment. A large portion of the work focuses on the three basic biome types: terrestrial, marine, and inland waters. The maps include marine turtle diversity, forest distribution, and flowering plant family diversity, while appendixes include the phyla of living organisms, recent vertebrate extinctions, and biodiversity at the country level. Despite its numerous attractive tables, charts, graphs, and color photographs, this work is most appropriate for researchers and college students of ecology/environmental studies. General readers would find the maps and tables useful, but much of the other data may be too technical. Special and academic libraries will find that this resource nicely complements the five-volume Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, edited by Simon Levin.-Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520236684
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,079,008
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Groombridge is Senior Programme Officer, Forests, Drylands and Freshwater Programme of UNEP-WCMC. Martin D. Jenkins is Senior Advisor, Species Conservation at UNEP-WCMC.

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Table of Contents

List of tables, figures and maps
Foreword

Introduction

CHAPTER 1: THE BIOSPHERE
The living planet
Productivity and the carbon cycle

CHAPTER 2: THE DIVERSITY OF ORGANISMS
Biodiversity
Evolution and systematics
Groups and names
Species concepts and diversity assessment
Numbers of living species
The diversity of living organisms
The phyla of living organisms

CHAPTER 3: BIODIVERSITY THROUGH TIME
The fossil record
Patterns of diversification
Patterns of extinction

CHAPTER 4: HUMANS AND BIODIVERSITY
Use of natural resources
Human origins
Impacts of early hominids on the environment
Appropriation of net primary production
Current use of wild resources

CHAPTER 5: PATTERNS AND TRENDS IN GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY
The distribution of biological diversity
Diversity as a basis for conservation action
Global trends in biodiversity
Recent vertebrate extinctions

CHAPTER 6: MARINE BIODIVERSITY
The seas
The composition and movement of seawater
The major zones of the oceans
The basis of life in the seas
Biological diversity in the seas
Vertebrate diversity in the seas
Major marine communities
Shallow water communities
Corals and coral reefs
Seagrasses
Algae and kelp forests
Oceanic pelagic communities
Deep-sea communities
Human use of and impact on the oceans
World marine capture fisheries
Other major impacts on the marine biosphere
The current status of marine biodiversity
Management of marine ecosystems

CHAPTER 7: TERRESTRIAL BIODIVERSITY
The terrestrial biosphere
Forests
Temperate needleleaf forests
Tropical moist forests
Tropical dry forests
Sparse trees and parkland
Forest plantations
Changes in forest cover
Pressures on forest biodiversity
Forest protection and management
Non-forest ecosystems
Tundra
Grasslands and savannas
Shrublands
Deserts and semi-deserts
The status of terrestrial biodiversity

CHAPTER 8: INLAND WATER BIODIVERSITY

Inland water habitats
Lotic systems: rivers and catchment basins
Lentic systems
Wetlands
Diversity in inland waters

Inland water animals

Inland waters and humankind
Uses of inland water species
Other major factors influencing inland water ecosystems
The current status of inland water biodiversity
Assessment of the status of inland water ecosystems


Index

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