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The Mediterranean Sea

Its history and present challenges

  • Stefano Goffredo
  • Zvy Dubinsky

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Geology, Chemical and Physical Oceanography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Vincenzo Picotti, Alessandra Negri, Bruno Capaccioni
      Pages 3-10
    3. William B. F. Ryan, Dina Vachtman, Cecilia McHugh, M. Namik Çağatay, Yossi Mart
      Pages 11-27
    4. Michael Krom, Nurit Kress, Ilana Berman-Frank, Eyal Rahav
      Pages 49-68
  3. Ecology: Taxa and Trophic Levels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Marta Estrada, Dolors Vaqué
      Pages 87-111
    3. Félix L. Figueroa, Antonio Flores-Moya, Juan J. Vergara, Nathalie Korbee, Ignacio Hernández
      Pages 123-135
    4. J. Lucas Pérez-Lloréns, Juan J. Vergara, Irene Olivé, Jesús M. Mercado, Rafael Conde-Álvarez, Ángel Pérez-Ruzafa et al.
      Pages 137-158
    5. Enric Saiz, Ana Sabatés, Josep-Maria Gili
      Pages 183-211
    6. Josep-Maria Gili, Rafael Sardá, Teresa Madurell, Sergi Rossi
      Pages 213-236
    7. Anna Sabbatini, Caterina Morigi, Maria Pia Nardelli, Alessandra Negri
      Pages 237-256
    8. Agostina Vertino, Jarosław Stolarski, Francesca R. Bosellini, Marco Taviani
      Pages 257-274
    9. Bruno Sabelli, Marco Taviani
      Pages 285-306

About this book


This volume is an indispensable addition to the multidisciplinary coverage of the science of the Mediterranean Sea. The editors have gathered leading authorities from the fields of Marine Biology, Ecology, paleoclimatology, Chemical and Physical Oceanography, Zoology, Botany, Aquatic Photosynthesis, Socioeconomics, Mariculture,  Mediterranean History and Science of Humanity.


Beginning with the birth of the Mediterranean Sea and its myths. From coral to fish, an introduction is given to its major inhabitants of plants and animals past and present. The chapters illustrate how organisms interact as part of the structure and function of the Sea's main ecosystems. The rise of the Mediterranean as the cradle of the Western Civilization leads to a discourse on the status of human interaction with the sea. Accelerating global climate change, water warming, ocean acidification and sea level rise, and analyses of their effects on key organisms, entire ecosystems and  human socioeconomics are given. Forecasting and predictions are presented taking into account different future scenarios from the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change).


The volume is richly illustrated in color, with an extensive bibliography. A valuable addition to the limited literature in the field, offering up-to-date broad coverage merging science and humanities.


Climate change Mariculture Marine bioerosion Marine chemosynthesis Marine molluscs Mediterranean

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefano Goffredo
    • 1
  • Zvy Dubinsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Alma Mater StudiorumUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Faculty of Life SciencesBar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

Bibliographic information


“The editors have done a superb job of bringing together an updated, multidisciplinary survey of the Mediterranean Sea as we know it today. … This book belongs in university libraries and on the desks and bookshelves of all researchers interested in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a credit to the science and study of the Mediterranean Sea, and as such it makes an important contribution to the literature.” (Charles W. Finkl, Journal of Coastal Research, Vol. 31 (3), May, 2015)