State of the Hellenic Marine Environment
2005 | 360 σελ.
This report provides a general assessment of the Hellenic Seas. It was envisaged as a collection of information, providing background comprehensive facts for the broader scientific community and European citizens. This is the first report of its kind, regarding the Hellenic marine and coastal waters. It is an initiative of the Institute of Oceanography of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR). Research Institutes and Universities across Hellas have joined forces to produce this report. The efforts to coordinate and compile the work, by different institutions, gave very encouraging results The literature review on all issues examined for the Hellenic Seas with links to climate changes, biodiversity, sustainable development, socio-economic aspects was undertaken using electronic databases and all available sources. All forms of literature were exploited (the most recent information, historical data and the grey literature) and are included in the reference sections at the end of each chapter. In addition, abstracts from conferences have been used where no other relative information was available. The aim of the report is to offer a common frame of reference, to underline the current state of the marine environment and the related environmental problems, identify the gaps of knowledge and, based on trends, highlight the areas where action is needed.