The The Historical Ecology of the River Arun and its Beaches at Littlehampton, West Sussex: 1000 Years of Change

The The Historical Ecology of the River Arun and its Beaches at Littlehampton, West Sussex: 1000 Years of Change

by Brian Morton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0903874407

ISBN-13: 9780903874403

Pub. Date: 02/29/2008

Publisher: Ray Society

A new science of historical ecology is emerging, particularly in the USA and in special relation to coastal wetlands that are globally considered to be endangered habitats. The science collates data on modern habitats and merges these with information gleaned from charts, maps, photographs and other sources of historical information to produce a real picture of

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A new science of historical ecology is emerging, particularly in the USA and in special relation to coastal wetlands that are globally considered to be endangered habitats. The science collates data on modern habitats and merges these with information gleaned from charts, maps, photographs and other sources of historical information to produce a real picture of ecological change. Having established what has changed, reasons are sought for how and why. Such an approach allows us to understand more fully our ecological heritage and for decision makers and managers to plan better for restoration conservation so as to allow communities to recreate lost, remnant, or vestigial habitats, even ecosystems – notably, again, wetlands. This book is intended, through an examination of the history and coastal ecology of a virtually unstudied southern English Downland river, its coastal port and associated beaches, to act as a general model to determine if historical ecology can reveal protection, conservation and, possibly, restoration, priorities. At least, however, it may also help one local coastal town community to understand better its historical and ecological heritage. It may, hopefully, also stimulate other township communities to examine their historical heritage and ecology in a new way. And, thereby, come to a new appreciation of what they have.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780903874403
Publisher:
Ray Society
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Series:
Ray Society Publications Series, #169
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
12.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Chapter 1 Introduction
SECTION 1 THE GEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL PAST
Chapter 2 The geological setting
Chapter 3 The River Arun and Littlehampton
SECTION 2 LITTLEHAMPTON’S BEACHES AND THE RIVER ARUN
Chapter 4 Sea breezes, the tides and waves
Chapter 5 The moulding of the south coast shoreline
Chapter 6 Littlehampton’s beaches
Chapter 7 The River Arun today
Chapter 8 The Arun’s marshland remnants
SECTION 3 THE FUTURE
Chapter 9 Lessons from historical ecology and the future
Chapter 10 Epilogue
Glossary
Literature cited
Bibliography
Indices

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