Physical Processes in the Coastal Zone: Computer Modelling and Remote Sensing

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As people come to realize the importance of the environmental impact of human activities, the study of the coastal zone has become increasingly important. In addition, new environmental legislation at regional, national, and international levels will doubtless highlight the importance of a fuller understanding of the coastal areas. Together, these factors have led to substantial new requirements for the acquisition and monitoring of relevant environmental information and for a fuller understanding of the processes at work-work for which the use of remote sensing techniques is essential.

To meet the requirements of this emerging discipline, Physical Processes in the Coastal Zone: Computer Modelling and Remote Sensing integrates basic physical processes with extensive information from remote sensing systems such as those on aircraft and spacecraft. It covers the physical processes that occur in the coastal zone, an area in which 60% of the world's population live. Written by international experts, the text provides a comprehensive, graduate-level introduction and overview that is suitable both for those entering the field and for those already working within it.

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Expanding upon the graduate-level lectures by 46 pictured instructors at the August 1997 school held in Dundee, this volume uses the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme definition of the coastal zone as involving, on the seaward side, going to the edge of the continental shelf, and on the landward side, to the contour that is 200 m. above sea level. Contributors overview new representations of coastal zones via remote sensing, and in-situ data validating such space and airborne techniques<-->vital to prediction models of coastal physical evolution related to wetlands management, pollution, climate, and measurement (e.g. fractals: how long is the coastline?). Includes nine color plates. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750305631
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1989
  • Series: Scottish Graduate Series, #49
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Overview of physical processes and remote sensing in the coastal zone by Cracknell
Fractals: how long is the coastline? by Rees
Fluid dynamics in the coastal zone by Folkard
Mathematical modeling of coastal processes by Dong
Remote sensing of coastal environment and resources by Klemas
Airborne remote sensing of fish habitat, channel morphology and riprian conditions by Roberts, Bach, Coburn, and Haefele
Acquisition of satellite based remote sending data for coastal applications by Crawford
Data fusion by Parks
The carbon biogeochemical cycle: mangroves and the coastal zone by Ong
The Earth's radiation budget: factors affecting it in coastal regions by Varotsos and Chronopoulos
Near-shore bathymetry and side-scan sonar by Wewetzer and Duck
An introduction to underwater light processes by Malthus
Radiometric calibration of an optical spectrometer by Gu
Developments in radar and satellite rainfall measurement by Nirala and Cracknell
Mixing of sediments in estuaries by McManus
Computer modeling and earth observation: providing data for coastal engineering by Millard
Remote sensing for coastal zone management-new techniques and applications in the Netherlands by Feron
Pollution monitoring: cleaning coastal zones in the post-Soviet era by Victorov
Participants' addresses

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