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Mediterranean Marine Ecosystems

  • Maria Moraitou-Apostolopoulou
  • Vassili Kiortsis

Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jacques Soyer
    Pages 85-108
  3. Gaston Fredj, Lucien Laubier
    Pages 109-145
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 387-407

About this book

Introduction

This book contains the papers presented at a NATO Advanced Research Institute on "Mediterranean Marine Ecosystems", held at Heraklion-Crete, Greece, from September 23-27, 1983. A workshop rather than a conference, it was sponsored by the Eco-Sciences Special Programme Panel, in cooperation with the Marine Science Panel. The third of its kind, it was scheduled in the framework of a project on a multidisciplinary integrated approach to the study of the Mediterranean. This Sea and the surrounding land was not only the cradle of many civilizations but is, up to the present time, one of the major world areas of marine traffic, communication and exchanges, fisheries and aquacultures, inshore human activities and ••• pollu­ tion. To a certain degree it constitutes a gigantic natural labo­ ratory, where the fate of threatened aquatic and terrestrial eco­ systems including the human one, is tested. The Mediterranean Sea, with its geological history and present­ day geographic, hydrological and climatic conditions is believed to form an ecological entity. Important exchanges and mutual influences take place with the surrounding land area and the water masses, naturally (Atlantic, Black Sea) or artificially (Red Sea), connected to the Mediterranean. Therefore, a better and in-depth knowledge of the various ecosystems, benthic, planktonic and nektonic, neritic or pelagic, in the Western or the Eastern Basin seems to be a pre­ requisite to any action in preserving, upgrading and managing the natural resources of the area.

Keywords

ecology ecosystem environment fauna natural resources phytoplankton plankton pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Moraitou-Apostolopoulou
    • 1
  • Vassili Kiortsis
    • 1
  1. 1.Zoological LaboratoryUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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