The third edition of Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems fully considers recent significant developments in this rapidly advancing field. Of particular note is new research suggesting that long–term variability in the global atmospheric circulation affects the circulation of ocean basins, which in turn brings about major changes in fish stocks. This discovery opens up the exciting possibility of being able to predict major changes in global fish stocks.
Written in an accessible, lucid style, Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems is essential reading for upper–level undergraduates and graduate students studying marine ecology and biological oceanography.
Preface to Third Edition.
Preface to Second Edition.
Preface to First Edition.
1 Marine Ecology Comes of Age.
Part A: Processes on a Scale of less than 1 Kilometer.
2 Biology and Boundary Layers.
3 Vertical Structure of the Open Ocean: Biology of the Mixed Layer.
4 Vertical Structure in Coastal Waters: Freshwater Run–off and Tidal Mixing.
Part B: Processes on a Scale of 1–1000 Kilometers.
5 Vertical Structure in Coastal Waters: Coastal Upwelling Regions.
6 Fronts in Coastal Waters.
7 Tides, Tidal Mixing, and Internal Waves.
Part C: Processes on a Scale of Thousands of Kilometers.
8 Ocean Basin Circulation: The Biology of Major Currents, Gyres, Rings, and Eddies.
9 Variability in Ocean Circulation: its Biological Consequences.
10 The Oceans and Global Climate Change: Physical and Biological Aspects.
Part D: Discussion and Conclusions.
11 Questions for the Future.
K J Flynn, University of Swansea
′I have used ′Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems′ extensively for my undergraduate oceanography teaching to students from widely different scientific backgrounds. The students found the explanation of the physical processes in this book to be at just the right level, being advanced, up–to–date and clear, but without a lot of complex mathematics. The formulae contained in the book are simple summaries of the physical processes and are easy to use.′ Paul Russell, University of Plymouth
"The book is comprehensive, properly organized, thoroughly researched, thoughtfully synthesized and very well written. . . The book should be mandatory reading not just for senior undergraduate and graduate students . . . but also for those empowered to set up and implement policy for ocean governance."Botanica Marina