Books on coastal ecosystems of Latin America and, particularly the southern Brazilian coast, are still rare and when available often little known. Scientific texts intended for specialists, as well as books for the general public are crucial to propagate knowledge on coastal environments, thus helping to protect resources and their sustainable exploitation. Our books, some in Portuguese, some in English, some for scientists, others for naturalists hopefully meet this challenge.
Metals in Coastal Environments of Latin America
The state-of-the-art research on heavy metal pollution along the Atlantic coast of Latin America is disclosed for the first time. The collection of texts, presented at a Conference in August 1986 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is intended to inform the reader about recent advances of interdisciplinary knowledge in this field. The main focus is on metals in sediments and biota, metal transportation and cycles as well as monitoring. The final chapter offers conclusions, perspectives and recommendations for the management of elevated metal concentrations in coastal environments of Latin America. The book fills a gap in the scientific literature and thus should be important for researchers, students and professionals in the fields of geology, biology and chemistry.
ISBN 3-540-16945-8, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 1988, 297 p.
Subtropical Convergence Environments: The Coast and Sea in the Southwestern Atlantic
The Subtropical Convergence region in the southwest Atlantic has high biological productivity and important areas of growth, feeding and reproduction of fish stocks of subtropical and Antarctic origin. This is the first multidisciplinary book on this large and complex ecosystem that analyzing the influence of the Subtropical Convergence and the land-sea interface on the coast, the ocean as well as their biota. Synthesizing the rapidly growing information, this book evaluates biological resources, estimates their sustainable exploitation and reviews oceanographic processes. The appendix presents an inventory of all presently known marine taxa in the Southwest Atlantic.
ISBN 3-540-61365-X, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 1997, 308 p.
Coastal Marine Ecosystems of Latin America
The coastal marine ecosystem, some severely degraded, others still untouched influence abundant resources of the Pacific and Atlantic coast of Latin America. Growing economic demands are causing the depletion of natural resources and environmental quality. This situation has drawn attention to ecological problems and prompted considerable financial support for coastal management. The book presents reviews on the structure, processes and functions of 22 major coastal marine ecosystems in Latin America. Contributions describe the physical and chemical parameters and the biotic components of each system, explain trophic processes and the flow of energy and evaluate the influence of natural and anthropogenic disturbances. Although the book focuses on basic ecology, the results provide relevant suggestions for better management of coastal-marine region.
ISBN 3-540-67228-1, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 2001, 360 p.
Sands of Albardão
Since the arrival of the first settlers, the coastline that unfolds in southern Brazil has been an exponent of biological diversity and abundance and has met the growing demands of Man. Today, the conservation of this coastal environment undeniably depends on the knowledge of its ecological characteristics. The book " Sands of Albardão - An Illustrated Ecological Guide of the coastline in the extreme south of Brazil", uses an easily understandable language and abundant illustrations. It offers the interested reader information about the history of regional coastal environments as well as the biological characteristics and processes that influence their diversity and ecological stability. To download click here.
ISBN85-87167-03-0, Editora Ecoscientia Rio Grande, RS, 2004, 96p.
The Patos Lagoon Estuary: A Century of Transformations
The encounter of freshwater from Patos Lagoon with salt water of the Atlantic Ocean creates an estuary of great biological and socio-economic importance. Over time, natural and anthropogenic disturbances have changed the dynamics and characteristics of water and sediment and have altered the structure and ecological processes of plankton as well as of benthic and fish communities in the estuary. The book should help students and environmental managers to understand biodiversity and ecological changes which will aid a rational use of the Patos Lagoon estuary and adjacent marine areas. To download click here.
ISBN 978-85-7566-144-4, FURG, Rio Grande, Brasil, 2010. 180 p.
Guia Ilustrado da Vegetação Costeira no Extremo Sul do Brasil
Without aiming to present a complete floristic survey, this field guide illustrates and describes common plant species of the southern coast of Brazil. It also discusses the ecological importance of this vegetation in coastal ecosystems and environmental aspects of major systems. Especially High School and University students, naturalists, coastal management technicians and environmental administrators will benefit from this Guide.
ISBN 85-85042-22-2, Editora da FURG, Rio Grande, 1988, 275 p.
Coastal plant communities of Latin America
Ecological books on the coast of Latin America are rare despite the growing need for detailed analysis of coastal processes on a global scale. This book adds detailed information on marine benthic algae, sea grasses, marshes, mangroves and coastal dune vegetation along Latin American coasts. It also includes distribution, community ecology, current research trends and coastal management aspects. Researchers and graduate students in the fields of plant ecology, marine biology and coastal management will benefit from the valuable information in this book.
ISBN 0-12-634550-3, Academic Press,San Diego, 1992, 392 p.
Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in the extreme south of Brazil
Coastal and marine ecosystems of southern Brazil have high biological productivity and are important areas of growth, feeding and reproduction of fish of subtropical and Antarctic origin. This book inventory is the first multidisciplinary treatment of these large and complex ecosystems, analyzing the influence of the Subtropical Convergence and the land-sea interface on the coast and the ocean as well as their biota. Synthesizing the rapidly expanding information, this book provides a comprehensive assessment of biological resources, an estimate of their sustainable exploitation and a review of related oceanographic processes. An inventory of all marine taxa of southwest Atlantic is added as an Appendix. To download click here.
ISBN 85-87167-01-4, Editora Ecoscientia, Rio Grande, Brasil, 1998, 326 p.
Brazilian Long Term Ecological Research: Program and Sites
The Brazilian Program for Long Term Ecological Research (LTER ), as a joint initiative of the Brazilian research community and the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq), constitutes a milestone in ecological research and environmental education in Brazil. This book aggregates basic information on nine research sites that represent major national biomes and ecosystems.
We hope this book stimulates the interest of other research groups to participate in the LTER program thus including other important Brazilian ecosystems and strengthening long term ecological research efforts. To download click here
ISBN85-902623-1-3, Editora da UFMG, 2002, 184 p
Coast Dune Plants in the Southwest Atlantic
The beaches and dunes of the longest coastal ecosystem in the Southwestern Atlantic have attracted geological, ecological and landscape interests. This book, using many color illustrations, describes aspects of dune formation, the ecological importance of coastal dune plants and major stresses and adaptations of plant species.
ISBN 85-89985-02-4, Editora Useb Pelotas, RS, 2006, 107p.