Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems: Long-Term Effects of Climate and Nutrient Loading on Trophic Organization

Robert J. Livingston

November 3, 2014 by CRC Press
Reference - 572 Pages - 11 Color & 191 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466568426 - CAT# K16387
Series: CRC Marine Science

USD$129.95

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Features

    • Uses one of the most complete, long-term field databases of physical, chemical, and biological factors in coastal ecosystems ever taken over a period of over 40 years
    • Evaluates changes in nutrient loading, phytoplankton response, and the associated changes in food web patterns in river-estuarine systems relative to natural and recently altered climate cycles
    • Presents comparisons to evaluate how each river-estuarine system has individual physical and chemical habitat conditions that result in very different biological responses to nutrient-loading regimes and climatological cycles
    • Analyzes coastal responses to enhanced drought conditions in recent decades
    • Projects trends for useful coastal productivity if recent changes of climatic conditions continue into the near future

    Summary

    Produced by a Leading Aquatic Scientist

    A narrative account of how estuaries around the world are being altered by human forces and human-induced global climate changes, Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems: Long-Term Effects of Climate and Nutrient Loading on Trophic Organization chronicles a more than 40-year-old research effort conducted by Dr. Robert J. Livingston and his research team at Florida State University. Designed to evaluate system-level responses to natural and anthropogenic nutrient loading and long-term climate changes, the study focused on the northeast Gulf of Mexico river–bay systems, and concentrated on phytoplankton/benthic macrophyte productivity and associated food web organization. It addressed the changes of food web structure relative to long-term trends of climatological conditions, and was carried out using a combination of field-descriptive and experimental approaches.

    Details Climate Change, Climate Change Effects, and Eutrophication

    This book includes comparative analyses of how the trophic organization of different river–bay ecosystems responded to variations of both anthropogenic impacts and natural driving factors in space and time. It incorporates a climate database and evaluates the effects of climate change in the region. It also provides insights into the effects of nutrient loading and climate on the trophic organization of coastal systems in other global regions.

    • Presents research compiled from consistent field sampling methods and detailed taxonomic identifications over an extended period of study
    • Includes the methods and materials that the research team used to access the health and trophic organization of Florida’s estuaries
    • Provides an up-to-date bibliography of estuarine publications and reports

    Based on a longitudinal study of anthropogenic and natural driving factors on river-estuarine systems in the northeast Gulf of Mexico, Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems: Long-Term Effects of Climate and Nutrient Loading on Trophic Organization is useful as a reference for researchers working on riverine, estuarine, and coastal marine systems.