Marine Ecosystems and Climate Variation: The North Atlantic - A Comparative Perspective by Nils Chr. StensethMarine Ecosystems and Climate Variation: The North Atlantic - A Comparative Perspective by Nils Chr. Stenseth

Marine Ecosystems and Climate Variation: The North Atlantic - A Comparative Perspective

EditorNils Chr. Stenseth, Geir Ottersen, James W. Hurrell

Paperback | April 28, 2005

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This research level text focuses on the influence of climate variability on the marine ecosystems of the North Atlantic. The ecological impact of climate variability on population dynamics is addressed at the full range of trophic levels, from phytoplankton through zooplankton and fish tomarine birds. Climate effects on biodiversity and community structure are also examined. 40 scientists from around the world synthesise what is currently known about how climate affects the ecological systems of the North Atlantic and then place these insights within a broader ecologicalperspective. Many of the general features of the North Atlantic region are also seen in other marine ecosystems as well as terrestrial and freshwater systems. The final section of the book makes these generalities more explicit, so as to stimulate communication and promote co-operation amongstresearchers who may previously have worked in semi-isolation.The book comprises 5 main sections: background (general introduction, atmospheric and ocean climate of the North Atlantic, and modelling methodology), plankton populations (phytoplankton and zooplankton), fish and seabird populations, community ecology (phytoplankton, benthos and fish), and thefinal section consisting of six commentaries from scientists working in areas outside the North Atlantic marine sector. In order to enhance integration, a series of introductions link chapters and sections. Throughout the book, numerous examples highlight different aspects of ecology-climateinteractions. They document recent progress and illustrate the challenges of trying to understand ecological processes and patterns in the light of climate variations.
Nils Stenseth is at University of Oslo. Geir Ottersen is at Institute of Marine Research.
Title:Marine Ecosystems and Climate Variation: The North Atlantic - A Comparative PerspectiveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.61 inPublished:April 28, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceI. Background to climate variation and its effects on marine ecologyIntroduction1. Ottersen, Stenseth, and Hurrell: Climatic fluctuations and marine systems: a general introduction to the ecological effects2. Hurrell and Dickson: Climate variability over the North Atlantic3. Werner, Aretxabaleta, and Pehrson Edwards: Modelling marine ecosystems and their environmental forcingII. Plankton populationsIntroduction4. Smayda, Borkman, Beaugrand, and Belgrano: Phytoplankton5. Pershing, Greene, Planque, and Fromentin: The influences of climate variability on North Atlantic zooplankton populationsIII. Fish and seabird populationsIntroduction6. Ottersen, Alheit, Drinkwater, Friedland, Hagen, and Stenseth: The response of fish populations to ocean climate fluctuations7. Durant, Stenseth, Anker-Nilssen, Harris, Thompson, and Wanless: Marine birds and climate fluctuation in the North AtlanticIV. Community EcologyIntroduction8. Belgrano, Lima, Stenseth, and Lindahl: Responses of phytoplankton communities to climate variability9. Hagberg, Tunberg, Wieking, Kroncke, and Belgrano: Effects of climate variability on benthic communities10. Lekve and Stenseth: Climatic influence on marine fish community ecologyV. Climatic influences on marine fish community ecology-views from outsideIntroduction11. Lehodey: Climate and fisheries: an insight from the Central Pacific Ocean12. Bailey, Hollowed, and Wooster: Complexity of marine fisheries dynamics in the Northeast Pacific Ocean13. Straile: A freshwater perspective on climate variability and its effect on marine ecosystems14. Hessen: A freshwater perspective on climate variability and its effect on marine ecosystems15. Post: Time lags in terrestrial and marine environments16. Lima and Jaksic: The impact of ENSO on terrestrial ecosystems: a comparison with NAOVI. Conclusion: what are the ecological effects of climate variation in the North Atlantic ?AfterwordRoger Harris: Index

Editorial Reviews

`... perhaps the first combined, focused and broad perspective of the North Atlantic Ocean climate variability and its influence on a variety of biological processes. ... We strongly recommend this book'Journal of Marine Systems