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Global Coastal Changeprovides a comprehensive overview of the environmental factors changing the marine systems of the world 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.
  • 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The book is littered with data. Valiela also succeeds in providing a sound structure, along side interesting and lively debate, the author is not afraid to discuss areas of controversy, ambiguity of data and where further research is required … .Very readable and thus will serve not just as a reference document but as a stand alone work of non-fiction for the interested reader." (Water and Environment, December 2008)

"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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405136853
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Valiela has been teaching and doing research since 1969 in Woods Hole at the Boston University Marine Program, Marine Biological Laboratory. He has published over 200 articles on many basic and applied features of coastal environments, and has written Marine Ecological Processes, well-known as a standard text in marine ecology, and Doing Science, a guide to the design, analysis, and communication of scientific research.

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Table of Contents


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.

9. Metals.

10. Introduction of exotic species.

11. Harvest of fin and shellfish.

12. Eutrophication.

13. Other agents of coastal change.

14. Summing up.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2006


    Are you interested in environmental issues or are a researcher or student dealing with coastal matters? If you are, this book is for you! Authors Ivan Valielaand and Giuseppe Bertola, have written an outstanding book that reviews evidence of intensity and pervasiveness of effects, and recovery from the action of the major agents of change that are altering the diverse coastal habitats and populations of the world. Valielaand and Bertola, begin by dealing with ecological changes driven by changing global atmospheric and climate alterations. Then, they address coastal change created by human use of water on land. Next, the authors cover human destruction of the various habitats that occupy the near-shore zones. The authors continue by dealing with toxic substances that humans add to coastal environments. In addition, they also deal with changes that humans force on coastal food webs, including nutrient additions, which alter ecosystems by effects that permeate up food webs and create pervasive effects, and human-driven alterations in the species composition of coastal environments. The authors also discuss information on a miscellany of other agents of environmental change. Finally, they address ways in which the agents of change and their effects interact how the comparison of the various agents of change relate in terms of the intensity of the changes, the extensiveness of the effects, and, the possibility of recovery from the perturbations and, how to assess the relative priorities placed on addressing the issues raised by this book. The authors of this most excellent book also review the evidence of intensity and pervasiveness of effects, and recovery from the action of the major agents of change that are altering the diverse coastal habitats and populations of the world. More importantly, the authors try to assess the degree of change forced by human and non-human influences.

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