Volume 11. The Gulf of Guinea Large Marine Ecosystem

1st Edition

Environmental Forcing and Sustainable Development of Marine Resources


  • J.M. McGlade
  • P. Cury
  • K.A. Koranteng
  • N.J. Hardman-Mountford
  • Description

    The Gulf of Guinea volume is part of a series on the Large Marine Ecosystems. This volume combines the latest research on the Gulf of Guinea from scientists working primarily in the region and from Europe. It covers the dynamics of the oceanic and coastal waters of the region, the major biological resources, pollution in the marine environment and the socio-economics and governance of marine fisheries. A significant number of new data sets, including some which have been repatriated from outside the region, are now made available through this publication.

    The combination of the various chapters underlines the interlinkages that exist between the interannual and seasonal dynamical behaviour of the oceanic offshore waters and the living marine resources along the coast, and the direct effect they have on the livelihoods of the populations living throughout the Gulf of Guinea.

    The volume is intended for those who have a general interest in the region as well as those who work professionally in the field. It will also be of immense value to resource managers and policy-makers as a demonstration project on how research can help solve the pressing problems of economic and food security in coastal regions.

    Table of Contents

    Contributors. Series Editor's Introduction. Preface. Acknowledgements. Colour plates. I. Principles & Programmes. The EU/INCO-DC Project: Impacts of Environmental Forcing on Marine Biodiversity and Sustainable Management of Artisanal and Industrial Fisheries in the Gulf of Guinea (J.M. McGlade, K.A. Koranteng, P. Cury). A Modular Approach to Monitoring, Assessing and Managing Large Marine Ecosystems (K. Sherman, E.D. Anderson). The Gulf of Guinea Large Marine Ecosystem Project: Turning Challenges into Achievements (C. Ibe, K. Sherman). Consilience in Oceanographic and Fishery Research: A Concept and Some Digressions (D. Pauly). II. Environmental Forcing & Productivity. Environmental Forcing. Variability of Physical Environmental Processes in the Gulf of Guinea and Implications for Fisheries Recruitment. An Investigation Using Remotely Sensed Sea Surface Temperature (N.J. Hardman-Mountford, J.M. McGlade). Defining Ecosystem Structure from Natural Variability: Application of Principal Components Analysis to Remotely Sensed Sea Surface Temperature (N.J. Hardman-Mountford, J.M. McGlade). A Multi-Data Approach for Assessing the Spatio-Temporal Variability of the Ivorian-Ghanaian Coastal Upwelling: Understanding Pelagic Fish Stock Dynamics (H. Demarcq, A. Aman). Physico-Chemical Changes in Continental Shelf Waters of the Gulf of Guinea and Possible Impacts on Resource Variability (K.A. Koranteng, J.M. McGlade). Environmental Variability at a Coastal Station near Abidjan: Oceanic and Continental Influences (R. Arfi, M. Bouvy, F. Ménard). Productivity. Environmental and Resource Variability off Northwest Africa and in the Gulf of Guinea: A Review (C. Roy, P. Cury, P. Fréon, H. Demarcq). Monitoring Levels of "Phytoplankton Colour" in the Gulf of Guinea Using Ships of Opportunity (A.W.G. John, P.C. Reid, S.D. Batten, E.R. Anang). Spatial and Temporal Variations in Benthic Fauna and Communities of the Tropical Atlantic C


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    About the editors

    J.M. McGlade

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Department of Mathematics & CoMPLEX, University College London, London, UK

    P. Cury

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), University of Cape Town, X2, Rondebosch 7700, South Africa

    K.A. Koranteng

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Marine Fisheries Research Division, Ministry of Food & Agriculture, Tema, Ghana

    N.J. Hardman-Mountford

    Affiliations and Expertise

    The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, UK


    @qu:...this will be an important and welcome volume both to those who are directly concerned with major marine ecosystems and to those who deal in the modelling of complex ecosystems. @source:Bulletin of the British Ecological Society @from:J.G. Field @qu:...The book gives a synthesis of the present state of the art of ecology, oceanography and fisheries sciences, and their interaction in the tropical eastern Atlantic. It will also be useful for fisheries and coastal zone managers in developing countries and those involved in the other 50 or so ongoing or proposed GEF-funded studies of LMEs of the world, through which the coastal component of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) is likely to grow, particularly in developing countries. @source:Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology