Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation in Tropical Islands - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128130643, 9780128130650

Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation in Tropical Islands

1st Edition

Editors: Chandrakasan Sivaperuman A. Velmurugan Awnindra Singh I. Jaisankar
eBook ISBN: 9780128130650
Paperback ISBN: 9780128130643
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 6th April 2018
Page Count: 805
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Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation in Tropical Islands provides comprehensive information on climate change, biodiversity, possible impacts, adaptation measures and policy challenges to help users rehabilitate and preserve the natural resources of tropical islands. While biodiversity and climate change of tropical islands has previously received less attention, it is ironically one of the most vulnerable regions in this regard. The core content of the work derives largely from the ideas and research output from various reputed scientists and experts who have recorded climate change impacts on aquatic and coastal life in tropical regions.

Contributors have direct working experience with the tribes in some of the tropical islands. All of their expertise and information is compiled and presented in the work, including coverage related to climate change. This work highlights the ever-growing need to develop and apply strategies that optimize the use of natural resources, both on land and in water and judicious use of biodiversity. It functions as a critical resource on tropical island biodiversity for researchers, academicians, practitioners and policy makers in a variety of related disciplines.

Key Features

  • Covers a huge range of biodiversity documentation, conservation measures and strategies that can be applied to various sectors, from forests to agriculture
  • Brings together expertise from researchers in the area who have direct experience in the regions described
  • Contains a wealth of field research related to biodiversity conservation and its applications from a variety of tropical islands


Graduate and postgrad students, academics and researchers in marine biology, biodiversity studies, climate change/impact research, conservation ecology and biology, environmental biology; wildlife biology, evolutionary biology, food web structures and ecosystem management science. Secondary: Policy makers and local gov’t stakeholders/conservationists seeking information on climate change and associated events and possible adaptive measures to be undertaken in tropical island regions; Industrial sectors seeking information on potential mitigation measures and clean and green technology based developmental activities

Table of Contents




  1. Physical settings and climate of tropical islands
  2. Tropical Islands ecosystem and endemism
  3. Biodiversity of tropical Islands

  4. Biodiversity of tropical islands: A case examples of uniqueness of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
  5. Diversity in ethno medicinal plants of AN islands
  6. Biodiversity of Polynesian islands: distribution and threat from climate change
  7. Structure and species diversity of mangrove ecosystem
  8. Diversity of plantation crops in the tropical islands
  9. Habitat ecology of rocky shore fauna of South Andaman Island
  10. Marine ecosystem of Andaman and Nicobar Islands - Species abundance and distribution
  11. Sponges of the tropical waters : A case example
  12. Avian diversity of Bay Islands and its assessment tools
  13. Fishery resources and species diversity in the tropical waters
  14. Biodiversity and livelihood of Lakshadweep islands
  15. Rice genetic resources in the tropical islands
  16. Climate change and its impacts on tropical Island

  17. Climate change - modelling the trend and scenarios
  18. Climate change and natural resources of tropical regions
  19. Livestock and tribes - the intimate relation under threat
  20. Forests and habitations with special reference to tribal situation in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  21. Shifting equilibrium of pest and diseases of agricultural crops
  22. Uncertainty in measuring climate impact on marine diversity
  23. Adaptive management

  24. Biodiversity conservation : Issues and strategies for the tropical islands
  25. Diversification of island agriculture – A viable strategy for adaptation
  26. Land shaping methods for climate change adaptation of coastal and island region
  27. Harnessing the biodiversity in field crops and its conservation for climate change adaptation
  28. Coping with climatic uncertainties through vegetable and fruit production technologies
  29. Bioshield : An answer to climate and natural calamities
  30. Policy decisions and biodiversity conservations in the tropical islands

  31. Agro-meteorological services for informed decision making
  32. Conservation of coral reef and off-shore habitats
  33. Marine biodiversity-Strategies for conservation and ecological restoration


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About the Editor

Chandrakasan Sivaperuman

Dr. Sivaperuman, M.Sc., D.B.T., Ph.D., works as Scientist-C in the Zoological Survey of India. He received his Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology from Bharathidasan University, Tamil Nadu, and holds his doctorate in Ecology of Wetland Birds in the Vembanad-Kole Ramsar Site from (Kerala Forest Research Institute, Kerala), Forest Research Institute, Deemed University, Dehra Dun. He has worked in various areas of the country in a range of different ecosystems, including Kerala, Rajasthan, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He has published more than 140 research papers in national and international journals and newsletters. He has also participated and presented research papers in 30 national and international seminars and symposia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Zoological Survey of India, Andaman & Nicobar Regional Centre, Haddo, Port Blair, A & N Islands, India

A. Velmurugan

Dr. Velmurugan has more than 15 years of research experience and has been working in island ecosystems for the past seven years. He was involved in the Geosphere Biosphere Programme and National Carbon Project of Indian Space Research Organisation, and successfully completed land degradation management in coastal areas under the Global Environment Facility. His area of specialization includes GIS and remote sensing, biogeochemical cycles, impact of climate change on island agriculture, and providing weather based agro-advisories in collaboration with the India Meteorological Department. He has also guided several postgraduate diplomas, MTech and PhD students in his area of specialization. He has visited and worked in several labs of national and international status and published more than 50 research articles including in journals of international repute.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist, ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair

Awnindra Singh

Dr. Singh has more than 10 years of research experience and specializes in genetics and plant breeding. He has wide experience on plant genetic resources, characterization and its conservation, and breeding for abiotic stress tolerance. He has also worked in conservation and characterization of plant genetic resources of tribes of tropical islands. Dr. Singh has documented a number of wild and land pulses and has released several pulse crop varieties suitable for biotic and abiotic stress tolerance. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed research papers on genetics and plant breeding.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist at ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair

I. Jaisankar

Dr. Jaisankar has eight years of research experience and specializes in biodiversity and agroforestry management, presently working on agro-forestry models for climate change adaptations and assessment of biodiversity of tropical forests for bio-prospecting. He has wide experience in biodiversity assessment and use of multipurpose tree species under tropical island conditions, and he has published more than 20 research articles in national and international journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Scientist at ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair

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