Watersheds, Bays, and Bounded Seas
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Some of the world’s most important bodies of water, from the Black Sea to the Bay of Bengal, are classified as “semi-enclosed marine systems” (SEMS). Separated from the open seas by a strait, island archipelago, or physical process, SEMS are particularly vulnerable to environmental damage and particularly difficult to fully understand and manage.
Watersheds, Bays, and Bounded Seas provides state-of-the-science information about these complex systems and identifies best management practices to preserve them. With contributions by natural and social scientists, the book examines both the political and biophysical forces affecting semi-enclosed marine systems.
SEMS comprise a substantial portion of the coasts—areas with high population density—and we rely on them for often-competing services such as navigation and transport, disposal of waste, provision of food, extraction of minerals, and leisure. The book describes how human activities could irrevocably alter these fragile ecosystems, exploring threats from runoff to climate change. It also addresses the unique challenges of managing SEMS, including cooperation between multiple nations.
"The comprehensive, well-referenced, and well-illustrated chapters are written by natural and social scientists. These contributors provide excellent analyses on nutrient input, primary production, fisheries production, socioeconomic indicators, and future directions for research on SEMS."
List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Vulnerability of Semi-Enclosed Marine Systems to Environmental Disturbances
Chapter 3. Threshold Effects in Semi-Enclosed Marine Systems
Chapter 4. Governance and Management of Ecosystem Services in Semi-Enclosed Marine Systems
Chapter 5. Integrating Tools to Assess Changes in Semi-Enclosed Marine Systems
Chapter 6. Physical Processes in Semi-Enclosed Marine Systems
Chapter 7. Cascading Filters of River Material from Headwaters to Regional Seas: The European Example
Chapter 8. Fluxes of Nutrients and Selected Organic Pollutants Carried by Rivers
Chapter 9. Biogeochemical Cycling in Semi-Enclosed Marine Systems and Continental Margins
Chapter 10. Dynamics and Vulnerability of Marine Food Webs in Semi-Enclosed Systems
Chapter 11. Distribution and Consequences of Hypoxia
Chapter 12. Ecosystem Services of Semi-Enclosed Marine Systems
About the Editors
List of Contributors
SCOPE Series List
SCOPE Executive Committee 2005?2008