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Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat
 
 

Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat, 1st Edition

GeoHAB Atlas of Seafloor Geomorphic Features and Benthic Habitats

 
Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat, 1st Edition,Peter Harris,Elaine Baker,ISBN9780123851406
 
 
 

Harris   &   Baker   

Elsevier

9780123851406

9780123851413

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229 X 152

The best available, state-of-the-art information on habitat mapping technologies and how they are being applied internationally

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Key Features

  • Reviews and compares the different methodologies currently being used
  • Includes global case studies
  • Provides geological expertise into what has traditionally been a biological discipline

Description

The conservation of marine benthic biodiversity is a recognised goal of a number of national and international programs such as the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (CBD). In order to attain this goal, information is needed about the distribution of life in the ocean so that spatial conservation measures such as marine protected areas (MPAs) can be designed to maximise protection within boundaries of acceptable dimensions. Ideally, a map would be produced that showed the distribution of benthic biodiversity to enable the efficient design of MPAs. The dilemma is that such maps do not exist for most areas and it is not possible at present to predict the spatial distribution of all marine life using the sparse biological information currently available.

Knowledge of the geomorphology and biogeography of the seafloor has improved markedly over the past 10 years. Using multibeam sonar, the benthic ecology of submarine features such as fjords, sand banks, coral reefs, seamounts, canyons, mud volcanoes and spreading ridges has been revealed in unprecedented detail.

This book provides a synthesis of seabed geomorphology and benthic habitats based on the most recent, up-to-date information. Introductory chapters explain the drivers that underpin the need for benthic habitat maps, including threats to ocean health, the habitat mapping approach based on principles of biogeography and benthic ecology and seabed (geomorphic) classification schemes. Case studies from around the world are then presented. They represent a range of seabed features where detailed bathymetric maps have been combined with seabed video and sampling to yield an integrated picture of the benthic communities that are associated with different types of benthic habitat. The final chapter examines critical knowledge gaps and future directions for benthic habitat mapping research.

Readership

Conservation planners and managers, conservation scientists, geologists, environmental managers, ecologists, and marine resource managers

Peter Harris

Affiliations and Expertise

Geoscience Australia, Canberra, Australia

Elaine Baker

Affiliations and Expertise

UNEP/GRID Arendal

Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat, 1st Edition

Part 1: Introduction

Marine conservation and biodiversity
Marine Protected Areas
Threats to marine ecosystems
Biogeography and benthic ecology
Seabed Geomorphology - coast, shelf, and ocean basins
Biophysical variables and surrogacy research

Part 2: Case studies

Coastal habitats
             Fjords
             Estuaries
             Kelp and seagrass beds
Shelf habitats
             Coral Reefs
              Rocky banks
              Sand banks and sand waves
Oceanic habitats
              Seamounts
              Submarine canyons
              Deep sea plateaus and banks
              Hydrothermal vents

Part 3: Critical knowledge gaps and future directions

 
 
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