Lagoons: Habitat and Species, Human Impacts and Ecological Effects

Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, PhD (Editor)
Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, Nairobi, Kenya

Series: Oceanography and Ocean Engineering
BISAC: SCI052000


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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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This book provides an important insight that increases the scope of knowledge and invigorates readership in areas of lagoon dynamics and management. In attaining this zeal, both natural and anthropogenic dimension in determining associated impacts and conservation of these vital ecosystems partook in its paramount consideration. To further enrich the book’s coverage, the authors’ scientific excellence and overall acquired experience in their respective areas of specialization and background was explored to encompass research from different geographic localities.

The result of this approach brought about significant advantage due to the fact that opportunities arose where researched information from the tropic, Mediterranean and temperate based lagoon ecosystems were achieved, inertly, providing ecological examination at micro and macro organismic levels. Moreover, the book covers other specialized areas affecting directly or indirectly lagoon biogeochemistry and usage, such as species interaction, microbial threats, anthropogenic and edaphic pressures, application of biotechnology (e.g. application of biomarkers), aquaculture, marine and inland conservation methodologies and waste management.

Thus, the book forms a crucial basis of improving existing knowledge on the management of lagoons and related habitat response to ecological impact. Concurrently, the book also provides a fundamental preview of how human aspiration of enhancing entertainment amenities, a craving for resources, and generation of waste and ultimate degradation of the lagoon ecosystem is and should be a global concern. Conspicuously indicated in the book are some of the lagoons ecosystems already being threatened or degraded. Therefore, the chapters have successfully provided the required width and breadth in disseminating vital information relating lagoon ecology and management. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Interactions Between Species in Coastal Lagoons: Predation on Recent Brackish Ostracod Populations of the Lagoon of Venice (NE Italy)
(F. Ruiz, M. Abad, M.L. González-Regalado, A. Toscano, L. Menegazzo, E. Molinaroli, G. Rampazzo, M. Pistolato and E.X. García, Departamento de Geodinámica y Paleontología, Universidad de Huelva, Huelva, Spain, and others)

Chapter 2. Dynamics of Harmful Dinoflagellates and Ciliates in the Ghar El Melh Lagoon (Tunisia)
(Amel Dhib, Souad Turki, Fourat Akrout and Lotfi Aleya, Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer (INSTM), Laboratoire Milieu Marin, Centre la Goulette, Tunisie, and others)

Chapter 3. New Caledonia Lagoon: A Threatened Paradise under Anthropogenic Pressure?
(C. Grenz, R. Le Borgne, J.P. Torréton and R. Fichez, Aix Marseille Université, Université du Sud Toulon-Var, CNRS/INSU, IRD, MIO, UM 110, Cedex, France, and others)

Chapter 4. Lagoons as Waterbird Habitat: Response of Communities to Human Impact and Management across Space and Time Scales
(Pablo Farinós, Francisco Robledano, Carmen Perona and Antonio J. Soto, Department of Ecology and Hidrology, University of Murcia, Espinardo, Spain)

Chapter 5. Multi-biomarker Approach as an Integrative Tool for the Evaluation of Human Impacts in the Lagoon of Venice, Italy
(Vanessa Moschino, Nicoletta Nesto and Luisa Da Ros, Institute of Marine Sciences-ISMAR, National Research Council-CNR, Venice, Italy)

Chapter 6. Lagoons Fish Communities in Flood-pulsed Floodplains: Heterogeneity in a Highly Dynamic System? The Case of the Okavango Delta
(K. Mosepele, M. Murray-Hudson, I. Mosie and K. Sethebe, University of Botswana, Okavango Research Institute, Maun, Botswana, and others)

Chapter 7. Vegetation and Habitat Ecology of Lagoons in North Egypt: Role of Edaphic and Anthropogenic Factors
(Mohamed A. El-Sheikh, Damanhour University, Faculty of Science, Botany Department, Damanhour, Egypt)

Chapter 8. Coastal Sand Dunes and Freshwater Ponds in Kolkheti – Threats and Needs for Conservation
(Izolda Matchutadze, Tamar Bakuradze, Mamuka Gvilava, Bulbuli Bolkvadze and David Baratashvili, Shota Rustaveli State University, Georgia, and others)

Chapter 9. Review of Man-made Lagoons for Tannery Waste Management
(Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, COMESA/Leather and Leather Products Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)


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