The second edition of Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat, edited by Peter Harris and Elaine Baker has been published at the end of last year and I was pleased to get my copy of the paperback version just a few weeks ago! The book is a “GeoHab Atlas of Seafloor Geomorphic Features and Benthic Habitats,” (GeoHab International Habitat Mapping community).
Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHab Atlas of Seafloor Geomorphic Features and Benthic Habitats, Second Edition, provides an updated synthesis of seabed geomorphology and benthic habitats. This new edition includes new case studies from all geographic areas and habitats that were not included in the previous edition, including the Arctic, Asia, Africa and South America. Using multibeam sonar, the benthic ecology of submarine features, such as fjords, sand banks, coral reefs, seamounts, canyons, mud volcanoes and spreading ridges is revealed in unprecedented detail. This timely release offers new understanding for researchers in Marine Biodiversity, environmental managers, ecologists, and more. (Elsevier.com)
This book, as well as the first edition, contain a balance between different approaches to marine conservation, scientific theory of marine geology and geophysical mapping techniques. It is a joy to flick through the images, learn about different geomorphic features around the world and understand the state of the art approaches to surveying benthic habitats. The major part of the book contains detailed practical case studies as examples of different approaches to seafloor mapping and examination of the seafloor for marine conservation management and scientific purposes. The first edition of the book had been very useful during my PhD, with the opening Part 1 being vital guidance for me as a research student. My coauthor and I were please to be able to contribute a review chapter on the “Physical oceanographic drivers of geomorphology of rhodolith/maerl beds in Galway Bay, Ireland” (Chapter 12 case study by Joshi and Farrell) to this edition! This chapter is one of two case studies from Ireland, which form a part of the major “Case Study” portion of the book (Part 2). A synthesis chapter serves to be a useful benchmark, together with a summary of outputs of a questionnaire for authors (Part 3). A vital edition to all academic marine science libraries and for government scientists and marine biology and geological oceanography students.