In global coastal zones, the major fabric of goods and services for human welfare as well as global changes are extraordinarily visible. They are shaped by natural Earth systems processes on a planetary scale, which are reflected in a continuously adapting coastal environment. Now, in the "Anthropocene", human society is a greater catalyst for change - impacting and modifying coastal processes. This book synthesizes knowledge on coastal and riverine material fluxes, biogeochemical processes and indications of change, and the human influence, before looking at future research and management needs. It is a milestone rather than a destination on the journey which continues under the new International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) and the LOICZ II (Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone) Project.
From the reviews: "This book synthesizes knowledge on coastal and riverine material fluxes, biogeochemical processes and indications of change, and the human influence, before looking at future research and management needs. ! The book will certainly be of reference for all those, in the academia, industry or public sector, involved in the study and management of the coastal environment." (International Journal of Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 86, 2006)
From the Contents: The Coastal Zone - a Domain of Global Interactions.- Dynamics of the Coastal Zone.- C, N, P Fluxes in the Coastal Zone.- The Catchment to Coast Continuum.- Synthesis of Main Findings and Conclusions.- Appendix.- Index.
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