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Coastal off-shore ecosystems relationships. Final report of SCOR/IABO/Unesco working group 65, Texel, Netherlands, September 1983
(1986). Coastal off-shore ecosystems relationships. Final report of SCOR/IABO/Unesco working group 65, Texel, Netherlands, September 1983. UNESCO Technical Papers in Marine Science = Documents techniques de l'Unesco sur les sciences de la mer, 48. UNESCO: Paris. vi, 12 + annexes pp.
Part of: UNESCO Technical Papers in Marine Science = Documents techniques de l'Unesco sur les sciences de la mer. UNESCO: Paris. ISSN 0503-4299, more

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Abstract
    This report contains the results of the work of the SCOR/IABO/Unesco Working Group number 65 on "Coastal offshore ecosystems relationships", established in 1980 by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) at the suggestion of Unesco and in co-operation with Unesco and the International Association of Biological Oceanography (IABO). The terms of reference were: (1) to review and compare the energetics of coastal (littoral and estuarine) and offshore pelagic and benthic populations, and (2) to suggest methods for improving knowledge of energy conversion between coastal and offshore pelagic migratory and benthic populations, and to determine what further research is needed.As is shown herein, the Working Group recognized the great diversity found in the coastal zone, which could lead to local differences in the relationships between coastal and offshore ecosystems. Various aspects of the coastal and offshore ecosystems and of their relationships were reviewed. Examples of these aspects are: classification, nutrient exchange, transport of organic matter, animal populations, productivity, and effects of disturbances by man. Also discussed were the magnitude and importance of the exchanges at the coastal-offshore boundary, in particular the inputs from the coastal to the offshore areas. It was generally concluded that little is known about the interaction between the nearshore and offshore areas. Several recommendations were made concerning the subjects reviewed. A workshop was recommended to review the state-of-the-art in this domain, to discuss the progress of research accomplished by an expanded group of experts, and to propose and stimulate multi-disciplinary research for the next decade.

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