Global Coastal Change
July 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
- Includes case studies providing real-world examples, detailed
reviews of the evidence of changes and possible solutions.
- Brings together a wealth of important information about our
changing marine environments.
- An invaluable reference for upper level undergraduates, graduates, and professionals interested in marine environmental science.
1. The global context of coastal change.
2. Atmospheric-driven changes.
3. Sea level rise.
4. Alteration of freshwater discharges.
5. Alteration of sediment transport.
6. Loss of coastal habitats.
7. Petroleum hydrocarbons.
8. Chlorinated hydrocarbons.
10. Introduction of exotic species.
11. Harvest of fin and shellfish.
13. Other agents of coastal change.
14. Summing up.
- Provides a comprehensive overview of the environmental factors changing the marine systems of the world.
- Evaluates the evidence of a wide range of factors affecting coastal environments, including atmospheric changes, sea level rise, alterations in freshwater and sediment use and transport, toxins, overfishing, alien species, and eutrophication.
- Includes case studies providing real-world examples, detailed reviews of the evidence of changes and possible solutions.
"This book cannot be recommended highly enough … .[It] provides comprehensive and compelling evidence on these [coastal change] issues, and could not be timelier." (Basic and Applied Ecology, October 2008)
“Written by an internationally known authority who has conducted extensive research over the past four decades on the coupling between land and coastal sea, this book provides a wealth of synthesized information particularly on ecological and biogeochemical changes in coastal environments attributable to watershed development… The high-resolution graphics are exceptional. Because of its broad sweep, comprehensive coverage and reasonable price, I strongly recommend the book for library and individual purchase. All estuarine and marine ecologists should obtain a copy.” (Environmental Conservation)
"This is an ambitious well illustrated book with a wealth of information." (Bulletin of the British Ecological Society)“Exceptionally interesting, very readable, and engaging… I particularly liked the graphics, which are very well presented, plus the incredible number of well-referenced case studies… very comprehensive…"
–Boris Worm, Dalhousie University
"Superbly crafted… important and timely… especially
readable and an intricately woven story rather than a dictionary of
facts… uses history well to understand changes and to make
the book enjoyable. This book will become a classic, of value
to… scientists and policy planners, as well as university
–Kenneth Tenore, University of Maryland
"The author conveys coastal studies in the arena of global
environmental subjects, where they clearly belong. The inherent
heterogeneity of coasts and the multitude of agents transforming
them required a scientist of exceptionally wide experience and
knowledge to show how local effects coalesce into global change. I
believe Ivan Valiela has written a great book. His ranking of the
agents of global coastal change certainly constitutes a challenge
for future research and at the same time offers a common framework
for coastal science."
–Karsen Reise, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Botanica Marina, August 2007