Coastal and Estuarine Management

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The coast cannot be left to nature to determine its fate. Wealth, property, economic interests, recreation, tourism and wildlife are all threatened. Coasts are an administrative battle ground and one of the most important and widely examined topics in environmental management.
Coastal and Estuarine Management examines the issues surrounding the human use and abuse of estuarine and coastal environments. Emphasising the importance and significance of this natural resource, the uses and conflicts which occur and the results of human activity, this book explains the ways in which conservation and management policies and practices can protect this productive and diverse ecosystem.
Examples and real-life case studies illustrate the effect of human intervention, both from an historic and contemporary perspective. Exposing the environmental consequences of estuarine pollution, Peter French highlights the need for management strategies to promote a sustainable development ethic for estuaries.

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Examines key issues surrounding the human use, abuse, and management of estuarine and coastal environments and explains ways in which conservation and management policies and practice can protect this ecosystem. Overviews how coasts and estuaries operate and the types of habitats which result from coastal processes, and details impacts of coastal defenses, industrial development, and tourism, as well as impacts of distant activities. Examples and real-life case studies illustrate the effects of human intervention, both from a historic and contemporary perspective. Presents soft engineering approaches to traditional sea defense techniques and investigates why these techniques are not more widely used. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
List of tables
List of boxes
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction to estuarine and coastal systems 1
2 The physical regime of coasts and estuaries 25
3 Land claim and coastal defence 55
4 The industrial use of coasts and estuaries 117
5 Coastal development for tourism 147
6 Causes of indirect impacts on the coast 171
7 Management frameworks for coastal and estuarine systems 187
The final word 221
References 223
Location index 245
Subject index 248
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