Oceanographic Processes of Coral Reefs
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Oceanographic Processes of Coral Reefs

Physical and Biological Links in the Great Barrier Reef

Eric Wolanski,Michael J. Kingsford

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eBook - ePub

Oceanographic Processes of Coral Reefs

Physical and Biological Links in the Great Barrier Reef

Eric Wolanski,Michael J. Kingsford

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About This Book

In the last two decades since publication of the first edition, substantial advancements have been made in the science, the need for transdisciplinary approaches to coral reef protection greater than ever before. This new edition, now in full color throughout with accompanying animations, goes beyond identifying foundational information and current problems to pinpoint science-based solutions for managers, stakeholders and policy makers.

Coral reefs are connected by currents that carry plankton and the larvae of many reef-based organisms. Further, they supply food to reefs. Currents also bring pollutants from the land and, together with the atmosphere, affect the surrounding ocean. The chapters in this book provide a much-needed review of the biophysics of reefs with an emphasis on the Great Barrier Reef as an ecosystem. The focus is on interactions between currents, waves, sediment and the dynamics of coastal and reef-based ecosystems. The topographic complexity of reefs redirects mainstream currents, creates tidal eddies, mushroom jets, boundary layers, stagnation zones, and this turbulence is enhanced by the oceanographic chaos in the adjoining Coral Sea. This is the environment in which particles and organisms, of a range of sizes live, from tiny plankton to megafauna. This generates faunal connectivity at scales of meters to thousands of km within the Great Barrier Reef and with the adjoining ocean.

Pollution from land-use is increasing and remedial measures are described both on land and on coral cays. The impact of climate change is quantified in case studies about mangroves and corals. Modelling this biophysical complexity is increasing in sophistication, and the authors suggest how the field can advance further.

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Publisher
CRC Press
Year
2024
ISBN
9781003801443

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Foreword
  8. About the Editors
  9. Contributors
  10. Section 1 The Key Role of Oceanography and How It Influences Life in the GBR
  11. Section 2 Land-Sea Connectivity
  12. Section 3 Biophysical Oceanography
  13. Section 4 Consequences: Impact on GBR Water and Remediation
  14. Index
Citation styles for Oceanographic Processes of Coral Reefs

APA 6 Citation

Wolanski, E., & Kingsford, M. (2024). Oceanographic Processes of Coral Reefs (2nd ed.). CRC Press. Retrieved from https://www.perlego.com/book/4334732 (Original work published 2024)

Chicago Citation

Wolanski, Eric, and Michael Kingsford. (2024) 2024. Oceanographic Processes of Coral Reefs. 2nd ed. CRC Press. https://www.perlego.com/book/4334732.

Harvard Citation

Wolanski, E. and Kingsford, M. (2024) Oceanographic Processes of Coral Reefs. 2nd edn. CRC Press. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/4334732 (Accessed: 24 June 2024).

MLA 7 Citation

Wolanski, Eric, and Michael Kingsford. Oceanographic Processes of Coral Reefs. 2nd ed. CRC Press, 2024. Web. 24 June 2024.