Chapter 3: Seaweed Ecology

A growing awareness of, and some alarm at, changing oceanic and atmospheric conditions has catapulted ecological concerns into the consciousness of many who, earlier, paid them little heed. Seaweeds play a significant role in the near-shore environment, particularly in the Cold Temperate Region that encompasses the area covered by this book. Concerns are increasing acidification, ocean temperature, introduced species and the imbalance these stressors place on the indigenous biota. The facets most relevant to our geographic region are discussed here; other aspects are presented in the descriptions and notes on the various species.

Seaweed Distributions

Seaweed Communities

Seaweed Productivity

Conservation Biology of Seaweeds


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