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Understanding marine biodiversity : a research agenda for the nation

Understanding marine biodiversity : a research agenda for the nation / Committee on Biological Diversity in Marine Systems.
Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1995.

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Additional Authors
  • National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Biological Diversity in Marine Systems.
  • National Research Council (U.S.). Ocean Studies Board.
  • National Research Council (U.S.). Board on Biology.
xii, 114 pages : illustrations; 24 cm
Alternative Title
Marine biodiversity
  • "The workshop, entitled Biological Diversity in Marine Systems, was held May 24-26, 1994, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academy of Sciences in Irvine, California"--Pref.
  • "Ocean Studies Board, Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources ; Board on Biology, Commission on Life Sciences, National Research Council."
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 76-93) and index.
  • 1. Introduction. Marine Biodiversity Is Changing and It Matters. The Depth and Breadth of Underdescribed Marine Biodiversity. Significant Opportunities for Forging New Horizons -- 2. Linking Pattern to Process: A Regional-Scale Approach. The Spatial Continuum. Temporal Considerations. Defining the Most Meaningful Scales of Study. A Rationale for Studying Several Types of Regional Model Systems. Objectives of this Initiative -- 3. Biodiversity Changes Due to Anthropogenic Effects: Critical Environmental Issues. Fisheries Operations. Chemical Pollution and Eutrophication. Alterations in Physical Habitat. Invasions of Exotic Species. Global Climate Change -- 4. Regionally Defined Model Systems: Examples of Habitats. Estuaries and Bays. Coral Reefs. Temperate Zone Rocky Shores. Continental Shelves and Slopes. Pelagic Open Ocean. Deep Sea -- 5. The Critical Role of Taxonomy -- 6. Biodiversity Research Program. Conceptual Framework. Basic Research Questions. Contingent and Reasonable Prediction. Approaches.
  • Methods. Implementation. Relationship to Other Programs -- 7. Summary.
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