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

ISBN: 978-1-4051-9297-2
384 pages
October 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Life in the World's Oceans: Diversity, Abundance and Distribution is a true landmark publication.

Comprising the synthesis and analysis of the results of the Census of Marine Life this most important book brings together the work of around 2000 scientists from 80 nations around the globe.

The book is broadly divided into four sections, covering oceans past, oceans present, oceans future and a final section covering the utilisation of the data which has been gathered, and the coordination and communication of the results.

Edited by Professor Alasdair Mcintyre, Marine Life is a book which should find a place on the shelves of all marine scientists, ecologists, conservation biologists, oceanographers, fisheries scientists and environmental biologists. All universities and research establishments where biological, earth and fisheries science are studied and taught should have copies of this essential book on their shelves.

  • A true landmark publication
  • One of the most important marine science books ever published
  • Contributions from many world leading researchers
  • Synthesis of a huge amount of important data
  • Represents the culmination of 10 years' research by 2000 scientists from 80 countries
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Foreword.

Introduction.

Acknowledgments.

Contributors.

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.

Index.

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Professor Alasdair McIntyre is based at the Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
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  • • A true landmark publication
    • One of the most important marine science books ever published
    • Contributions from many world leading researchers
    • Synthesis of a huge amount of important data
    • Represents the culmination of 10 years’ research by 2000 scientists from 80 countries
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“The handsome, beautifully illustrated book is a lasting tribute to its late editor (Alasdair D. McIntyre), the organizing committee, and the 2600 scientists who contributed to the project.”  (The Quarterly Review of Biology, 1 September 2012)

"The multi-author work is well crafted and edited with a logical overall structure, consistency in form and tone among chapters, useful citations and Web addresses, and high-quality illustrations . . .Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. " (Choice, 1July 2011)

 

"Although some chapters are technical and present a fair amount of data, most of the chapters appear to be intended for a non-specialist audience. It is a handsome volume but regrettably over-priced for a non-academic readership." (Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, 2011)

"Comprising the synthesis and analysis of the results of the Census of Marine Life this most important book brings together the work of around 2000 scientists from 80 nations around the globe." (World News, 15 February 2011)

"This comprehensive book is aimed at marine scientists, ecologists, conservation biologists, oceanographers, fisheries scientists and environmental biologists". (In Practice, 1 December 2010)

"The ambitious project involved thousands of scientists and led to the discovery of novel creatures such as the hairy yeti crab. The volume addresses the biodiversity of oceans past, present and future, including microorganisms and zooplankton." (Nature, September 2010)

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September 20, 2010
Life in the World’s Oceans: Diversity, Distribution, and Abundance

The sea has been a constant source of mystery and fascination throughout human history, from the first fishermen of early civilization to the latest deep sea research. Now in the ground breaking new title Life in the World’s Oceans: Diversity, Distribution and Abundance an international team of scientists present the first complete census of global marine life, while also charting mankind’s relationship with the oceans, past, present and future.

This truly landmark publication, edited by the late Alasdair D. McIntyre from the Census of Marine Life, represents 10 years of research, by 2000 scientists from 80 nations resulting in one of the most important marine science books ever published.

Divided into four broad sections the title explores the oceans of the past, reveals the oceans of present day and considers the oceans of the future, while the final section explains how the vast amount of research data was collated, integrated and utilised through the Ocean Biogeographic Information System.

“Three questions are guiding this research effort. What did live in the oceans? What does live in the oceans? What will live in the oceans?”

Boris Worm

Chapter 16, the Future of Marine Animal Populations

In studying the history and future of the world’s oceans the book considers some of the most important issues in modern marine science including a look back in time at marine animal populations to consider the growing pressures of the fishing industry on wild fish resources, as well as the impact of a changing climate in shaping the oceans of the future.

By providing a complete census of marine life this title is massive in scope, ranging from an analysis of Caribbean coral reefs to exploring the frozen depths of the Antarctic and from tracking the great oceans predators of the Pacific to monitoring the global population of tiny, but crucial, microbes.

“This succinct compilation of the 17 major research projects of the international Census of Marine Life is a must for the bookshelf of any scientist who cares about the past, present, and future of ocean life,” said Dr Michele D. DuRand from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

This generational title will quickly become the foundation of future research into marine life, not only for universities and research establishments, but for working oceanographers, environmental biologists and fisheries scientists. All research libraries should have copies of this essential book.

However, illustrated with hundreds of full colour photo images of marine life from across the world’s oceans and written by diverse scientific experts from around the globe this magnificent book will not only appeal to professional scientists and researchers. It will capture the imagination of all ocean enthusiasts and anyone who continues to share humanities’ wonderment with the sea and the creatures of the deep.

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