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Estuarine Science : A Synthetic Approach To Research And Practice - John Hobbie

Estuarine Science

A Synthetic Approach To Research And Practice

By: John Hobbie (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2000
ISBN: 9781559636995
Number Of Pages: 338

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Estuaries are the point of convergence for almost the entire array of coastal and ocean environmental issues. Management of these rapidly changing environments requires a whole-system perspective that includes integration of all available knowledge of the ecology, chemistry, and physics of estuaries. Yet estuarine research has been primarily short-term and site-specific, providing few insights that can be generalized and applied to a broader understanding of these complex ecosystems. Estuarine Science addresses that problem by presenting examples of synthetic approaches to estuarine science. Leading scientists -- including Donald F. Boesch, W. Rockwell Geyer, Nancy Rabalais, Charles A. Simenstad, and many others -- offer twelve chapters that report on different types of ecological synthesis and summarize the current state of scientific knowledge. Additional chapters examine the adequacy of existing synthesis, and the data and models required for improving the scientific management of estuaries in the coming decade.Each of the book's five sections introduces a major area of estuarine syntheses; highlights key problems about that topic; reports case histories of successful synthesis; and recommends types of data to collect, processes to study, and models to build for a predictive understanding. Sections examine: inputs to estuaries of water, sediment, and nutrients from the drainage basin the coupling of estuarine physics with biogeochemistry and ecology the biogeochemical process in estuaries and their linkages to the food web controls on the distribution and abundance of organisms in the estuary the need for synthesis that would directly improve the scientific management of estuariesEstuarine Science synthesizes what has been learned from the intensive research in many different estuarine projects around the country. It will be an essential work for professional scientists and graduate students working in coastal or estuarine research, as well as for managers, planners and environmentalists involved with coastal and estuarine issues.

Contributorsp. ix
Estuarine Science: The Key to Progress in Coastal Ecological Researchp. 1
Drainage Basin Synthetic Studies
Some Approaches for Assessing Human Influences on Fluxes of Nitrogen and Organic Carbon to Estuariesp. 17
Macro-scale Models of Water and Nutrient Flux to the Coastal Zonep. 43
Synthesizing Drainage Basin Inputs to Coastal Systemsp. 81
Coupling of Physics and Ecology
Effects of Sea-level Anomalies on Estuarine Processesp. 107
Modeling for Estuarine Synthesisp. 129
An Ecological Perspective on Estuarine Classificationp. 149
Interaction Between Physical Processes and Ecosystem Structure: A Comparative Approachp. 177
Linking Biogeochemical Processes and Food Webs
Scaling Up: Site-specific Measurements to Global-scale Estimates of Denitrificationp. 211
Gulf of Mexico Biological System Responses to Nutrient Changes in the Mississippi Riverp. 241
Influence of River Flow and Nutrient Loads on Selected Ecosystem Processes: A Synthesis of Chesapeake Bay Datap. 269
Linking Biogeochemical Processes to Higher Trophic Levelsp. 299
Controls of Estuarine Habitats
Coastal Biogeomorphology: An Integrated Approach to Understanding the Evolution, Morphology, and Sustainability of Temperate Coastal Marshesp. 347
Chesapeake Bay Eutrophication Modelp. 363
Spatially Explicit Models of Growth Rate Potential: Linking Estuarine Fish Production to the Biological and Physical Environmentp. 405
Habitat-Biotic Interactionsp. 427
Synthesis for Estuarine Management
Integrated Ecological Economic Regional Modeling: Linking Consensus Building and Analysis for Synthesis and Adaptive Managementp. 461
Scientific Synthesis in Estuarine Managementp. 507
Indexp. 527
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ISBN: 9781559636995
ISBN-10: 1559636998
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 1st May 2000
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 4