© 2008

Science for Ecosystem-based Management

Narragansett Bay in the 21st Century

  • Alan Desbonnet
  • Barry A. Costa-Pierce


  • Large case study provides detailed information on nutrient pollution for students, researchers and professionals

  • Local approach provides managers with useful guidance and solutions

  • Interactions between biological, ecological, chemical and physical processes in Narragansett Bay are explored


Part of the Springer Series on Environmental Management book series (SSEM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Jon C. Boothroyd, Peter V. August
    Pages 1-33
  3. Michael E.Q. Pilson
    Pages 35-46
  4. Scott W. Nixon, Betty A. Buckley, Stephen L. Granger, Lora A. Harris, Autumn J. Oczkowski, Robinson W. Fulweiler et al.
    Pages 101-175
  5. Steven P. Hamburg, Donald Pryor, Matthew A. Vadeboncoeur
    Pages 177-210
  6. John W. King, J. Bradford Hubeny, Carol L. Gibson, Elizabeth Laliberte, Kathryn H. Ford, Mark Cantwell et al.
    Pages 211-232
  7. Malcolm L. Spaulding, Craig Swanson
    Pages 233-279
  8. Changsheng Chen, Liuzhi Zhao, Geoffrey Cowles, Brian Rothschild
    Pages 281-300
  9. Christopher Kincaid, Deanna Bergondo, Kurt Rosenberger
    Pages 301-324
  10. Emily Saarman, Warren L. Prell, David W. Murray, Christopher F. Deacutis
    Pages 325-347
  11. Christian Krahforst, Marc Carullo
    Pages 383-417
  12. Theodore J. Smayda, David G. Borkman
    Pages 431-484
  13. Barbara K. Sullivan, Dian J. Gifford, John H. Costello, Jason R. Graff
    Pages 485-498

About this book


In the United States, approximately two thirds of coastal rivers and bays are moderately to severely degraded by nutrient pollution. Nonetheless, the problem of nutrient pollution is still debated. Rhode Island is in the formative stages of undertaking what many are calling a "grand experiment" in reducing nutrient input to the Narragansett Bay ecosystem, one of the best-studied estuaries in the world. "Science of Ecosystem-based Management: Narragansett Bay in the 21st Century" sets the stage for conducting this experiment by compiling, within one volume, the best available science from preeminent experts on the bay ecosystem. Each chapter elucidates what is known about the various elements that make up the ecosystem including its biology, ecology, chemistry, and physical dynamics, delving into historical data and trends, current research findings and consideration of how patterns might change given major reductions in nutrient input to the ecosystem.


While of obvious and great value to those directly engaged with Narragansett Bay, this volume provides useful examples of other places where nutrient reduction protocols are being considered or should be considered. This volume will be of interest and importance to researchers, agency personnel, and natural resource managers who are contemplating nutrient reductions as a way of moving towards sustainability in the use of coastal resources.


atmospheric deposition climate change coast coastal conservation cultural eutrophication dissolved oxygen ecology environmental management estuarine estuary hypoxia nitrogen nutrient pollution plankton runoff

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Desbonnet
    • 1
  • Barry A. Costa-Pierce
    • 1
  1. 1.Rhode Island Sea Grant College ProgramUniversity of Rhode IslandNarragansett

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


From the reviews:

"This book, part of the ‘Springer Series on Environmental Management,’ is based on a 2004 symposium of the same name. Desbonnet and Costa-Pierce … bring together all aspects of ecosystem-based management practices to improve environmental quality. … contains clear tables and figures that help to illustrate points in the text. … The book contains many references related to the field site and to best practices in ecosystem management; it will be especially valuable … . Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals." (M. E. Lenczewski, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (11), August, 2008)