Ecology and Conservation of Estuarine Ecosystems

Ecology and Conservation of Estuarine Ecosystems : Lake St Lucia as a Global Model

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St Lucia is the world's oldest protected estuary and Africa's largest estuarine system. It is also the centerpiece of South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and has been a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance since 1986. Knowledge of its biodiversity, geological origins, hydrology, hydrodynamics and the long history of management is unique in the world. However, the impact of global change has culminated in unprecedented challenges for the conservation and management of the St Lucia system, leading to the recent initiation of a project in support of its rehabilitation and long-term sustainability. This timely volume provides a unique source of information on the functioning and management of the estuary for researchers, students and environmental managers. The insights and experiences described build on over 60 years of study and management at the site and will serve as a valuable model for similar estuaries around the world.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 80 b/w illus. 80 colour illus.
  • 1139095722
  • 9781139095723

Review quote

'Ecology and Conservation of Estuarine Systems provides an excellent over-view of this particular estuary and of the biodiversity conservation issues facing many other estuaries in diverse parts of the world.' Ellen Wohl, Biological Conservation
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Table of contents

List of contributors; Foreword Alan Whitfield; Preface; 1. South Africa's first World Heritage Site Roger N. Porter; 2. Management history Ricky H. Taylor; 3. Geological history Greg A. Botha, Sylvi Haldorsen and Naomi Porat; 4. The marine environment Allan D. Connell and Sean N. Porter; 5. Catchment hydrology Derek D. Stretch and Andrew Z. Maro; 6. The Wetlands William N. Ellery, Suzanne E. Grenfell, Michael C. Grenfell, Marc S. Humphries and Kirsten B. Barnes; 7. Estuary and lake hydrodynamics Derek D. Stretch, Clint P. Chrystal, Robynne A. Chrystal, Christopher Maine and Justin J. Pringle; 8. Groundwater hydrology Bruce E. Kelbe, Ricky H. Taylor and Sylvi Haldorsen; 9. Physico-chemical environment Renzo Perissinotto, Nicola K. Carrasco and Ricky H. Taylor; 10. Microalgae Renzo Perissinotto, Guy C. Bate and David G. Muir; 11. Macrophytes Janine B. Adams, Sibulele Nondoda and Ricky H. Taylor; 12. Benthic invertebrates Deena Pillay, Sarah J. Bownes and Holly A. Nel; 13. Zooplankton Nicola K. Carrasco, Renzo Perissinotto and Hendrik L. Jerling; 14. Penaeid prawns Anthony T. Forbes and Nicolette T. Forbes; 15. Fish and fisheries Digby Cyrus; 16. Birds Jane Turpie, Ricky H. Taylor, Meyrick Bowker and Caroline Fox; 17. Crocodiles Xander Combrink, Jonathan Warner and Colleen T. Downs; 18. Hippopotamuses Ricky H. Taylor; 19. Alien and invasive species Nelson A. F. Miranda and Janine B. Adams; 20. Food webs and ecosystem functioning Ursula M. Scharler and Fiona C. MacKay; 21. Climate change impacts Andrew A. Mather, Derek D. Stretch and Andrew Z. Maro; References; Appendix: web page database, 1900-2010 Nuette Gordon; Index.
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