What can sharks teach us about our immune system? What can horseshoe crabs show us about eyesight?
The more we learn about the ocean, the more we realize how critical these vast bodies of water are to our health and well-being. Sometimes the ocean helps us, as when a marine organism yields a new medical treatment. At other times, the ocean poses the threat of coastal storm surges or toxic algal blooms.
From Monsoons to Microbes offers a deeper look into the oceans that surround us, often nurturing yet sometimes harming humankind. This book explores the links among physical oceanography, public health, epidemiology, marine biology, and medicine in understanding what the ocean has to offer. It will help readers grasp such important points as:
The book recommends ways we can implement exciting new technologies to monitor the physics, chemistry, and biology of the ocean to recognize change as it happens. From the impact of worldwide atmospheric warming to the significance of exotic bacteria from submarine hydrothermal vents, the ocean has many depths left to explore.
Table of Contents
|1 Climate and Weather, Coastal Hazards, and Public Health||15-42|
|2 Oceans and Infectious Diseases||43-58|
|3 Harmful Algal Blooms||59-70|
|4 Marine-Derived Pharmaceuticals and Related Bioactive Agents||71-82|
|5 Marine Organisms as Models for Biomedical Research||83-96|
|Appendix A: Committee Biographies||113-118|
|Appendix B: Acronyms and Abbreviations||119-122|
|Appendix C: Workshop Program||123-126|
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