The Biology of Polar Regions

Paperback | April 29, 2008

EditorD.N. ThomasbyG.e. Fogg, P. Convey

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There is now an increased awareness of the importance of polar regions in the Earth system, as well as their vulnerability to anthropogenic derived change, including of course global climate change. This new edition offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to polar ecology and has beenthoroughly revised and updated throughout, providing expanded coverage of marine ecosystems and the impact of humans. It incorporates a detailed comparison of the Arctic and Antarctic systems, with a particular emphasis on the effects of climate change, and describes marine, freshwater, glacial, andterrestrial habitats. This breadth of coverage is unique in the polar biology literature.As with other titles in the Biology of Habitats Series, particular emphasis is placed on the organisms that dominate these extreme environments although pollution, conservation and experimental aspects are also considered. This accessible text is suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduatestudents taking courses in polar ecology, often as part of a wider marine biology degree programme. It will also be of value and use to the many professional ecologists and conservation biologists requiring a concise overview of the topic.

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There is now an increased awareness of the importance of polar regions in the Earth system, as well as their vulnerability to anthropogenic derived change, including of course global climate change. This new edition offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to polar ecology and has beenthoroughly revised and updated throughout, p...

Dr. David N. Thomas is Professor in Marine Biology at the School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales Bangor. Between 1989 and 1996 he held four research scientist posts in Germany at the University of Bremen, Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, University of Oldenburg and Centre for Marine Tropical Ecology, Bremen. He was appoin...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:April 29, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199298130

ISBN - 13:9780199298136

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction to the Polar Regions2. Stress, Adaptation and Survival in Polar Regions3. Periglacial and Terrestrial Habitats in Polar Regions4. Glacial Habitats in Polar Regions5. Inland Waters in Polar Regions6. Open Oceans in Polar Regions7. Frozen Oceans in Polar Regions8. Marine Benthos in Polar Regions9. Birds and Mammals in Polar Regions10. Climate Change in Polar Regions11. Mankind in Polar Regions12. Some ConclusionsFurther Reading and Web ResourcesReferencesIndex

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`This is a masterful synthesis of information across many disciplines about the two polar regions giving, as intended, a readily accessible overview that deserves a long future role as the foundation to the teaching and understanding of polar biology.'Trends in Ecology and Evolution