Estuarine Ecology: Edition 2

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Estuaries are among the most biologically productive ecosystems on the planet--critical to the life cycles of fish, other aquatic animals, and the creatures which feed on them. Estuarine Ecology, Second Edition, covers the physical and chemical aspects of estuaries, the biology and ecology of key organisms, the flow of organic matter through estuaries, and human interactions, such as the environmental impact of fisheries on estuaries and the effects of global climate change on these important ecosystems.

Authored by a team of world experts from the estuarine science community, this long-awaited, full-color edition includes new chapters covering phytoplankton, seagrasses, coastal marshes, mangroves, benthic algae, Integrated Coastal Zone Management techniques, and the effects of global climate change. It also features an entriely new section on estuarine ecosystem processes, trophic webs, ecosystem metabolism, and the interactions between estuaries and other ecosystems such as wetlands and marshes

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About the author

John W. Day, Jr. is a Distinguished Professor in the Dept. of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences and the Coastal Ecology Institute at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

Byron C. Crump is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory, Cambridge, Maryland

W. Michael Kemp is a Professor at Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Baltimore

Alejandro Yáñez-Arancibia is a Research Scientist and Full Professor as well as Head of the Program of Coastal Resources at the Instituto de Ecología, A.C. (INECOL), Mexico

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Sep 19, 2012
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Pages
568
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ISBN
9781118391914
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Language
English
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Genres
Science / Life Sciences / Ecology
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