Ecology of Marine Sediments:: From Science to Management

Paperback | January 15, 2009

byJohn S. Gray, Michael Elliott

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Marine sediments provide the largest habitat on planet earth, yet knowledge of the structure and function of their flora and fauna continues to be poorly described in current textbooks. This concise, readable introduction to benthic ecology builds upon the strengths of the previous edition buthas been thoroughly revised throughout to incorporate the new technologies and methods that have allowed a rapid and ongoing development of the field. It explores the relationship between community structure and function, and the selection of global examples ensures an international appeal andrelevance. The economic value of marine sediments increases daily, reflected in the text with a new emphasis on pollution, climate change, conservation, and management.

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Marine sediments provide the largest habitat on planet earth, yet knowledge of the structure and function of their flora and fauna continues to be poorly described in current textbooks. This concise, readable introduction to benthic ecology builds upon the strengths of the previous edition buthas been thoroughly revised throughout to i...

John S. Gray was Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Oslo, Norway and did research on marine soft sediments for over 40 years. He is one of ISIs Highly-Cited Scientists in Plant and Animal Ecology. He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of the Fridtjof Nansen prize for his research. I...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:January 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Sampling sediments2. The sediment and related environmental factors3. Describing assemblages of sediment-living organisms4. Diversity5. Functional diversity of benthic assemblages6. Spatial variations in sediment systems7. Temporal variations in benthic assemblages8. Human impacts on soft sediment systems - trawling and fisheries9. Human impacts on soft sediment systems - pollution10. The soft-sediment benthos in the ecosystem11. The benthos in the management of marine sedimentsConcluding remarks