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Author Spies, R. B
Title Long-Term Ecological Change in the Northern Gulf of Alaska
Imprint Amsterdam : Elsevier Science & Technology, 2006
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Note Front cover -- LONG-TERM ECOLOGICAL CHANGE IN THE NORTHERN GULF OF ALASKA -- Copyright page -- Acknowledgements -- Contributors -- Contents -- Chapter 1: Introduction -- 1.1. Why We Have Written This Book -- 1.2. Who Is the Audience for This Book, and What Is Its Scope? -- 1.3. Organization -- Chapter 2: Ecosystem Structure -- 2.1. Introduction -- 2.2. The Physical Environment of the Gulf of Alaska1 -- 2.3. The Marine Production Cycle -- 2.4. The Transfer of Matter and Energy Through the Food Web -- 2.5. Strategies for Survival -- Summary -- Chapter 3: Agents of Ecosystem Change -- 3.1. Introduction -- 3.2. Climate -- 3.3. Geophysical Mechanisms -- 3.4. Species Interactions -- 3.5. Marine Mammal Harvest and Fishing -- 3.6. Disease -- 3.7. Contaminants -- Chapter 4: Long-Term Change -- 4.1. Introduction -- 4.2. Atmosphere and Ocean -- 4.3. Zooplankton -- 4.4. History and Production Trends in Salmon -- 4.5. Pacific Herring -- 4.6. Groundfish -- 4.7. Seabirds in the Gulf of Alaska -- 4.8. Population Ecology of Seabirds in Cook Inlet -- 4.9. Marine Mammal Populations -- 4.10. Crabs and Shrimps -- Chapter 5: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill -- 5.1. Introduction -- 5.2. Pre-spill Conditions -- 5.3. History of the Spill -- 5.4. Oil Fate: Transport, Weathering, and Persistence -- 5.5. Effects of the Spill on Aquatic Organisms -- 5.6. Indirect Interactions -- 5.7. Expectations, Certainty, and Final Lessons from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill -- 5.8. The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill -- 5.9. Appendices -- Chapter 6: Long-Term Changes in the GOA: Properties and Causes -- 6.1. Introduction -- 6.2. Forces of Change -- 6.3. Characteristics of Ecosystem Change -- Subject Index
This comprehensive text is a major synthesis on ecological change in the Gulf of Alaska. It encompasses the structural and annual changes, forces of change, long-ecological changes in the atmosphere and ocean, plankton, fish, birds and mammals, and the effects of the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. With 5 major sections, Long-term Ecological Change in the Northern Gulf of Alaska first describes the physical features, the atmosphere and physical oceanography, the annual production cycle, the forage base for higher animals and trophic transfer, and the adaptations for survival in this changing environment for 9 portal species. Then, the major forces of change are introduced: climate, geophysics, fisheries and harvesting, species interactions, disease and contaminants. Next, the long-term records of change in physical factors and biological populations are presented, as well as the potential reasons for the biological changes. Following is the history of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its long-term effects. And, finally, the emergent properties of the ecosystem are discussed and an attempt is made to weigh the importance of the major forcing factors in terms of their temporal and spatial scales of influence. * Examines important data on long-term change in the ecosystem and the forcing factors that are responsible for it * Provides an account of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill with emphasis on the long-term effects * Describes the effects of climate change, geophysical change, species interactions, harvesting, disease, the 1989 oil spill, and marine contaminants on key populations of marine organisms
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Spies, R. B. Long-Term Ecological Change in the Northern Gulf of Alaska Amsterdam : Elsevier Science & Technology,c2006 9780444529602
Subject Marine ecology -- Alaska -- Alaska, Gulf of.;Ecological disturbances -- Alaska -- Alaska, Gulf of.;Ecosystem health -- Alaska -- Alaska, Gulf of.;Aquatic habitats -- Alaska -- Alaska, Gulf of.;Fish communities -- Alaska -- Alaska, Gulf of.;Marine mammals -- Alaska -- Alaska, Gulf of.;Sea birds -- Alaska -- Alaska, Gulf of
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