Geological Approaches to Coral Reef Ecology - Ecological Studies 192 (Hardback)Richard B. Aronson (editor)
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This book provides a unique perspective on the destruction - both natural and human-caused - of coral reef ecosystems. Reconstructing the ecological history of coral reefs, the authors evaluate whether recent dramatic changes are novel events or part of a long-term trend or cycle. The text combines principles of geophysics, paleontology, and marine sciences with real-time observation, examining the interacting causes of change: hurricane damage, predators, disease, rising sea-level, nutrient loading, global warming and ocean acidification. Predictions about the future of coral reefs inspire strategies for restoration and management of ecosystems. Useful for students and professionals in ecology and marine biology, including environmental managers.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 444
Weight: 1840 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm
Edition: 2007 ed.
From the reviews:
"The editor has brought together as contributors 19 well-known coral-reef workers, including both biologists and geoscientists. At the end of the book there is a comprehensive index of over 650 items....the book represents a very good summary of current directions in reef ecology research, based on geological or historic approaches, including modern techniques and, for the most part, state-of-the-art knowledge. The book also includes a number of studies that make it quite clear that coral reefs are not only in decline, but that the decline is to a large part caused by human disturbance, and that we need to take actions to decelerate this process. I can highly recommend this book to both reef scientists and students of reef systems, either with a biological and a geoscientific background." (Eberhard Gischler, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt am Main, Germany).
"Geological Approaches to Coral Reef Ecology presents a historical perspective on contemporary natural and human-induced impacts on reef systems ... . The book is well presented, and its content is a welcome addition to coral reef literature. ... highlights the value of geological approaches in contextualizing reef ecology, and it should be of great interest to all reef scientists and students of coral reefs, particularly those with a keen interest in the Caribbean reef province." (Paul Kench, Eos, Vol. 89 (38), 2008)
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