The specific objectives of COST 647 relate to the accurate evaluation of biological changes in the marine environment. It therefore aims to generate an understanding of community dynamics, to allow prediction of the wider consequences of dramatic changes in the abundance of individual species as a result of natural factors or selective pollutants, and to identify key species if they exist. It also aims to develop an appreciation of the specific causes of biological change, particularly with regard to changes in natural conditions. Finally the programme aims to investigate spatial and temporal scales of natural variability over as long a time frame as possible. Four benthic habitats/communities were selected originally for collaborative study, around the Atlantic coasts of Europe. Some Mediterranean work, and a new study focusing on the Posidonia community, were added later. This volume presents a report of activities in this programme during 1988-91, relating to all five habitats, and in particular the edited proceedings of five recent workshops.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13984 EN (1992) 414 pp.
Availability: Available from CEC/DG XII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1040 Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 2-87263-071-6
Record Number: 199210610 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en