Coastal Dunes - Ecology and Conservation
Edited by Martínez, M. Luisa; Psuty, Norbert P.
Hardcover XXIV, 386 pp, 108 illus, 3 in color ISBN 9783540408291
Softcover 386 pp ISBN 9783540740018
Coastal dunes occur in almost every latitude - from tropical to polar - and have been
substantially altered by human activities. Many are already severely and irreversibly degraded.
Although these ecosystems have been studied for a long time (as early as 1835), there has
been a strong emphasis on the mid-latitude dune systems and a lack of attention given to the
tropics where, unfortunately, much of the modern exploitation and coastal development for
tourism is occurring. This book brings together coastal dune specialists from tropical and
temperate latitudes, which together cover a wide set of topics, including: geomorphology,
community dynamics, ecophysiology, biotic interactions and environmental problems and
conservation. A major product of this book is a set of recommendations for future research,
identifying relevant topics where detailed knowledge is still lacking. It also identifies
management tools that will promote and maintain the rich diversity of the dune environments
in the context of continuing coastal development.
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