Habitat Modification

M. J. Kaiser*

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Habitat modification occurs at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Larger-scale processes are those driven by geological and atmospheric forcing that vary in frequency from millennia to seasons. Against this background of physical and chemical forcing are nested smaller-scale processes that include biological and anthropogenic interventions. Habitat modification is a key process in maintaining biological diversity in marine systems. The resilience of systems to human interventions is determined by the natural levels of disturbance to which they are adapted and provides a predictive basis for their management.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Ocean Sciences
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780123744739
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Aggregate extraction
  • Disturbance
  • Fishing
  • Hydrocarbon exploration
  • Impact assessment
  • Management
  • Mining
  • Mitigation
  • Physical processes
  • Resilience
  • Riverine discharges
  • Scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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