CIESM Workshop Monographs, n°22:

Mediterranean biological time series
Split (Croatia), 11-14 June 2003, 142 p. (391 refs.)

Biological time series (longer than about a century) are usually considered to be rare in the Mediterranean Sea, despite a long history of reginal human exploitation. The Monograph offers a compilation of available biological time series provided, and discussion of the trends uncovered, by the participants in their geographical area, or country, of expertise. Further the reader will find an original review of the many statistical techniques and modelling approaches, developed from diverse disciplines, that can be used to extract and identify trends and interrelationships from time series, as well as methods to deal with incomplete series.

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I - Executive summary
1 - Introduction
2 - Definition : what is a time series ?
3 - Methods for analysing time series
4 - Which high-order questions can be answered by time-series?
5 - What are the available Mediterranean time series already telling us ?
6 - Mediterranean time series : availability/gaps.
7 - Spatial and temporal scales.
8 - Priorities for future actions - recommendations

II - Workshop communications

Scales and methods
- Potential relevance of a "loopholes" conceptual framework to research studies of fish population dynamics in the Mediterranean Sea.
Andrew Bakun

- Ecosystem time-series analyses in the Black Sea.
Georgi M. Daskalov, Alexander Grishin, Vesselina Mihneva.

- Use of Box-Jenkins models to analyse time series of fishery data in relation to environmental factors in the northwestern Mediterranean.
Josep Lloret

- A unifying topological framework to deal with scales, intensity and unusual, extreme events in biological time series.
Laurent Seuront, François G. Schmitt.

- Linking the temporal variability in population abundance to the variability of community attributes.
Jaap van der Meer

- Trends in sardine catches and "mare sporco" in the Adriatic.
Tim Wyatt

- System modeling of biological time series in the Mediterranean Sea.
Harald Yndestad

From populations to ecosystems - Analysis and case studies
- Application of a multivariate mapping method to detect changes and spatial synchrony in phytoplankton composition at different temporal scales.
Orlane Anneville and S. Souissi

- How to use biological time series in Mediterranean ecosystem studies: can hydromedusae be indicator species ?
Adam Benovic and Davor Lucic

- Monitoring of coastal fishing communities along the Eastern Adriatic Coast (1960-1995).
Ivan Jardas

- Can market prices and fishery landings data tell us anything about underlying ecosystems ?
John K. Pinnegar, Trevor Hutton, Vincento Placenti and Nicholas V.C. Polunin

- Long-term investigations of small pelagic fish in the Adriatic Sea.
Gorenka Sinovcic

- Why biological time series require physical ones ?
Isabelle Taupier-Letage and Claude Millot

- Swordfish abundance trends in the Mediterranean.
G. Tserpes, P. Peristeraki and A. Di Natale

- Revising paradigms and myths of phytoplankton ecology using biological time series.
A. Zingone, P. Licandro and D. Sarno

III - Bibliographic references

IV - List of participants