Seaweeds and their Role in Globally Changing Environments

  • Joseph Seckbach
  • Rachel Einav
  • Alvaro Israel

Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Changes in the marine environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michal Lichter, Dov Zviely, Micha Klein, Dorit Sivan
      Pages 3-17
    3. Linda Olsvig-Whittaker
      Pages 19-28
  3. Biodiversity in marine ecosystems in the globally changing era

  4. Ecophysiological responses of seaweeds

  5. The effects of UV radiation on seaweeds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 156-156
    2. E. Walter Helbling, Virginia E. Villafañe, Donat-P. Häder
      Pages 199-214
  6. Biofuel - Seaweeds as a source of future energy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 216-216
    2. Christopher J. Rhodes
      Pages 229-248

About this book

Introduction

Global warming is accelerating faster than the ability for natural repair, and environmental stresses are damaging ecosystems, all affecting physical and biological systems on Earth. A new Nasa-led study shows that human activity has caused climate changes resulting in permafrost thawing, acid rain, and lower productivity in lakes as well as increased emissions of greenhouse gases, including CO2, N20, CH4, CF3, and CFC. Marine plants play a vital role in maintaining the balance of marine environments, while serving as a source of food for humankind and important chemical compounds. Microalgae and seaweed have enormous potential for reducing global warming and climate change. During photosynthesis algae grow, draw CO2 from the atmosphere, release oxygen, and produce solar biofuel. Experts in the life of marine plant ecosystems in globally changing environments contributed chapters to this book. The target readers are phycologists, ecologists, atmospheric scholars, conservationists, environmentalists, and ecologically aware laymen.

Keywords

Biodiversity Flora Global warming Permafrost algae aquaculture bacteria climate change ecology ecosystem ecosystems emissions environment physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Seckbach
    • 1
  • Rachel Einav
    • 2
  • Alvaro Israel
    • 3
  1. 1.University of JerusalemEfratIsrael
  2. 2.Blue EcosystemsZichron YaakovIsrael
  3. 3.Limnological ResearchIsrael Oceanographic &HaifaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-8569-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8568-9
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-8569-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0400
  • About this book