Ecological Geography of the Sea
This work presents a detailed 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. The book divides the ocean into distinguishable regions that permit detailed comparisons. Based on patterns of algal ecology, the ocean is divided into four primary compartments, which are then subdivided into secondary compartments. These secondary compartments are identified and characterizsed by biochemical 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, the book should offer wide appeal.
- Hardback | 4 pages
- 180.34 x 243.84 x 30.48mm | 929.86g
- 01 Jul 1998
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
- b&w illustrations, colour illustrations, index
"The quality of this work is superb. It is not often that biogeography and the physical forces of the ocean come together in such a scholarly manner". CHARLES S. YENTSCH, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine - "This book is a tour de force. Alan Longhurst has written the book that every marine biogeographer would aspire to write, yet only the exceptional few will have the breadth of experience, interpretive skills and overall competence to achieve ... What emerges is a functional description of inshore and off-shore waters that will be an invaluable under-pinning to the design of experiments, the interpretation of results and the managament of oceanic ecosystems well into the next millenium. It will be a book that all serious students of oceanography will have to posses, beacuse not only will they constantly be referring to it, but also any library copies will be instantly purloined". MARTIN ANGEL, Southampton Oceanography Centre, U.K. - "A thorough and thoughtful work, and I think a wonderful gift to the next generation of oceanographers." JOHN LAZIER, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Canada
About Alan R. Longhurst
Alan R. Longhurst. Residence: Cajarc, France. Affiliation: Galerie l'Acadie, Cajarc, France
Table of contents
Ecological gradients: fronts and the pynocline; physical forcing of biological processes. Biomes: primary compartments in ecological oceanography. Oceans, seas and provinces: the secondary compartments; temporal variability and the adjustment of boundaries; the Atlantic Ocean; the Indian Ocean; the Pacific Ocean; the Southern Ocean.