Coastal Dunes

Ecology and Conservation

  • M. Luisa Martínez
  • Norbert P. Psuty

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 171)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIV
  2. What Are Sand Dunes?

  3. The Flora and Fauna of Sand Dunes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 52-52
    2. A. M. Wiedemann, A. J. Pickart
      Pages 53-65
    3. A. P. Grootjans, E. B. Adema, R. M. Bekker, E. J. Lammerts
      Pages 85-101
    4. R. J. van Aarde, T. D. Wassenaar, L. Niemand, T. Knowles, S. Ferreira
      Pages 103-115
  4. Living in a Stressful Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 118-118
    2. F. García Novo, M. C. Díaz Barradas, M. Zunzunegui, R. García Mora, J. B. Gallego Fernández
      Pages 155-169
  5. Biotic Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 172-172
    2. R. E. Koske, J. N. Gemma, L. Corkidi, C. Sigüenza, E. Rincón
      Pages 173-187
    3. M. L. Martínez, J. G. García-Franco
      Pages 205-220
    4. V. Rico-Gray, P. S. Oliveira, V. Parra-Tabla, M. Cuautle, C. Díaz-Castelazo
      Pages 221-239
  6. Environmental Problems and Conservation

  7. The Coastal Dune Paradox: Conservation vs Exploitation?

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 371-386

About this book


Coastal dunes occur in almost every latitude - from tropical to polar - and have been substantially altered by human activities. Many are already severely and irreversibly degraded. Although these ecosystems have been studied for a long time (as early as 1835), there has been a strong emphasis on the mid-latitude dune systems and a lack of attention given to the tropics where, unfortunately, much of the modern exploitation and coastal development for tourism is occurring.

This book brings together coastal dune specialists from tropical and temperate latitudes, which together cover a wide set of topics, including: geomorphology, community dynamics, ecophysiology, biotic interactions and environmental problems and conservation. A major product of this book is a set of recommendations for future research, identifying relevant topics where detailed knowledge is still lacking. It also identifies management tools that will promote and maintain the rich diversity of the dune environments in the context of continuing coastal development.


Fauna Fitness Flora Geomorphology Umweltschutz biodiversity coastal ecology development ecology ecosystem environment environmental protection morphology physiology vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • M. Luisa Martínez
    • 1
  • Norbert P. Psuty
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Ecología, A.C.VeracruzMéxico
  2. 2.Institute of Marine and Coastal SciencesRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-74001-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-74002-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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