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Life in the World's Oceans. Diversity, Distribution, and Abundance

  • ID: 2178710
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 384 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Life in the World s Oceans is a true landmark publication, distilling the efforts of thousands of marine biologists, ecologists, oceanographers and statisticians worldwide who have been involved in the first decadal Census of Marine Life.

Broadly divided into six parts, Life in the World s Oceans commences with a look at life in oceans past, followed by in–depth chapters covering the current oceans realms, including coral reefs, seamounts, the deep sea and the polar regions. Coverage of global distributions of microbes and zooplankton is followed by a section reviewing animal movements within the oceans. The book concludes with chapters covering the future of marine animal populations, and the utilization of the data contained within the Census database, the Ocean Biogeographic Information System.

Life in the World s Oceans:

  • provides a huge wealth of distilled information, vitally important in future marine studies;
  • reports on the total richness of the oceans biodiversity;
  • represents the work of thousands of scientists involved in the Census;
  • puts marine biodiversity in the foreground of the scientific landscape.

Thoroughly edited by the late Professor Alasdair McIntyre, who was a world leader in marine sciences, and beautifully produced in full color throughout, Life in the World s Oceans is an essential purchase for all libraries in universities and research institutions throughout the world. All those involved in scientific work on the oceans, including biological scientists, oceanographers, marine and environmental scientists, should have copies of this exceptional book on their shelves.

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The Scientific Steering Committee of the Census of Marine Life.

PART I Oceans Past.

1 Marine Animal Populations: A New Look Back in Time.

PART II Oceans Present Geographic Realms.

2 Surveying Nearshore Biodiversity.

3 Biodiversity Knowledge and its Application in the Gulf of Maine Area.

4 Coral Reef Biodiversity.

5 New Perceptions of Continental Margin Biodiversity.

6 Biodiversity Patterns and Processes on the Mid– Atlantic Ridge.

7 Life on Seamounts.

8 Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life.

9 Biogeography, Ecology, and Vulnerability of Chemosynthetic Ecosystems in the Deep Sea.

10 Marine Life in the Arctic.

11 Marine Life in the Antarctic.

PART III Oceans Present Global Distributions.

12 A Global Census of Marine Microbes.

13 A Census of Zooplankton of the Global Ocean.

PART IV Oceans Present Animal Movements.

14 Tracking Fish Movements and Survival on the Northeast Pacific Shelf.

15 A View of the Ocean from Pacific Predators.

PART V Oceans Future.

16 The Future of Marine Animal Populations.

PART VI Using the Data.

17 Data Integration: The Ocean Biogeographic Information System.


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Alasdair McIntyre
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