World Atlas of Biodiversity: Earth's Living Resources in the 21st Century

by Brian Groombridge, Martin D. Jenkins

Published: October 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Pages: 352
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780520236684

       

Overview of World Atlas of Biodiversity: Earth's Living Resources in the 21st Century

The World Atlas of Biodiversity is an updated edition of Global Biodiversity: Status of the Earth's Living Resources, originally published in 1992 and reissued in 2000 as Global Biodiversity: Earth's living resources in the 21st Century. This 2002 edition, totally redesigned and updated, includes new data and graphics, additional photos, and additional material on food issues and biodiversity, as well as an entirely new chapter on protected areas and other conservation issues.
World Atlas of Biodiversity addresses the remarkable growth in concern at all levels for living things and the environment, and increased appreciation of the links between the state of ecosystems and the state of humankind. Building on a wealth of research and analysis by the conservation community worldwide, this book provides a comprehensive and accessible view of key global issues in biodiversity. It outlines some of the broad ecological relationships between humans and the rest of the material world and summarizes information on the health of the planet. Opening with an outline of some fundamental aspects of material cycles and energy flow in the biosphere, the book goes on to discuss the expansion of this diversity through geological time and the pattern of its distribution over the surface of the Earth, and trends in the condition of the main ecosystem types and the species integral to them.

Synopsis of World Atlas of Biodiversity: Earth's Living Resources in the 21st Century

"This is an exciting piece of work—well-written, well-researched, and authoritative."—Simon A. Levin, Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of Biodiversity

"The book amounts to a detailed report card on the status of the world's biodiversity resources at the beginning of the new millenium. It brings together, and integrates to substantial degrees, huge amounts of information that is widely scattered in both technical literature and in governmental and NGO reports."—Malcolm Gordon, co-author of
Invasions of the Land: The Transitions of Organisms from Aquatic to Terrestrial Life

"It is an amazingly diverse collection of data on global biological diversity—very effectively analysed and displayed."—David J. Chivers, Wildlife Research Group, University of Cambridge

"An indispensable resource on information about Earth's biological variety and why its conservation is crucially important for human survival and well being. This volume should be in the hands of biologists, policymakers, educators, and the general public concerned with our global environment."—Joel Cracraft, Curator-in-Charge, Department of Ornithology, American Museum of Natural History

"A thorough and up-to-the-minute account of the variety of life on Earth and how fast it is shrinking. One cannot plan strategically to prevent the loss of that variety without the information and maps that this excellent and timely book provides."—Stuart Pimm, Columbia University

Scientist New

This book is a stocktaking exercise for those in the conservation industry: it's a comprehensive assessment of what species are present and where.

About the Author, Brian Groombridge

Brian Groombridge is Senior Programme Officer, Forests, Drylands and Freshwater Programme of UNEP-WCMC. Martin D. Jenkins is Senior Advisor, Species Conservation at UNEP-WCMC.

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Editorials

Malcolm Gordon

The book amounts to a detailed report card on the status of the world's biodiversity resources at the beginning of the new millenium. It brings together, and integrates to substantial degrees, huge amounts of information that is widely scattered in both technical literature and in governmental and NGO reports.

Simon A. Levin

This is an exciting piece of work-well-written, well-researched, and authoritative.

Scientist New

This book is a stocktaking exercise for those in the conservation industry: it's a comprehensive assessment of what species are present and where.

Library Journal

Published to coincide with the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, this work provides an overview of the current state of global diversity, a source of growing concern in past years. The authors, both staff members of the World Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme, focus on the diversity of living organisms, their populations, and major aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem types. Opening with a discussion of material cycles and energy flow, the text goes on to examine diversity through geological time, species extinction, and the increasing human impact on the environment. A large portion of the work focuses on the three basic biome types: terrestrial, marine, and inland waters. The maps include marine turtle diversity, forest distribution, and flowering plant family diversity, while appendixes include the phyla of living organisms, recent vertebrate extinctions, and biodiversity at the country level. Despite its numerous attractive tables, charts, graphs, and color photographs, this work is most appropriate for researchers and college students of ecology/environmental studies. General readers would find the maps and tables useful, but much of the other data may be too technical. Special and academic libraries will find that this resource nicely complements the five-volume Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, edited by Simon Levin.-Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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