Plankton: Guide to Their Ecology and Monitoring for Water Quality, Second Edition

1st Edition

Iain Suthers, David Rissik, Anthony Richardson

CRC Press
February 28, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9780367030162 - CAT# K405410

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Summary

Key features:

  • Contains a new chapter on Plankton in the Classroom
  • Greatly expanded coverage of coastal and marine phytoplankton
  • Explains the role of plankton in aquatic ecosystems and its usefulness as a water quality indicator
  • Updates and details best practice in methodology for plankton sampling and monitoring programs
  • Brings together widely-scattered information on freshwater and coastal phytoplankton and zooplankton and provides a list of up-to-date references
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    Healthy waterways and oceans are essential for our increasingly urbanised world. Yet monitoring water quality in aquatic environments is a challenge, as it varies from hour to hour due to stormwater and currents. Being at the base of the aquatic food web and present in huge numbers, plankton are strongly influenced by changes in environment and provide an indication of water quality integrated over days and weeks. Plankton are the aquatic version of a canary in a coal mine. They are also vital for our existence, providing not only food for fish, seabirds, seals and sharks, but producing oxygen, cycling nutrients, processing pollutants, and removing carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.

    This Second Edition of Plankton is a fully updated introduction to the biology, ecology and identification of plankton and their use in monitoring water quality. It includes expanded, illustrated descriptions of all major groups of freshwater, coastal and marine phytoplankton and zooplankton and a new chapter on teaching science using plankton. Best practice methods for plankton sampling and monitoring programs are presented using case studies, along with explanations of how to analyse and interpret sampling data.

    Plankton is an invaluable reference for teachers and students, environmental managers, ecologists, estuary and catchment management committees, and coastal engineers.