Section and paper headings: Preface. Preface Maps. Acknowledgments. Introduction. An introduction to Solent Science (M. Drummond). Opening address (P. Brand). Coastal Processes. Geomorphological evolution of the Solent seaway and the severance of Wight: a review (D. Tomalin). Geology, geomorphology and sediments of the Solent System (A. Velegrakis). Water circulation in Southampton Water and the Solent (J. Sharples). Hydrodynamic, sediment process and morphological modelling (D. Prince, I. Townend). Wisdom of hindsight: palaeo-environmental and archaeological evidence of long-term processual changes and coastline sustainability (D. Tomalin). Shoreline management plans - a science or an art? )J. McCue). Water Quality and Chemistry. Nutrients in the Solent (D. Hydes). Trace metals in water, sediments and biota of the Solent system: a synopsis of existing information (P. Statham). Microbiological quality of the Solent (D. Lowthion). Behaviour of organic carbon in Southampton Water (M. Varney). Sewage contamination of bathing waters: health effects (G. Rees). Biodiversity and Conservation. Viewpoint: conservation, policy and amangement of maritime biodiversity (D. Laffoley). Coastal habitats of the Solent (S. Fowler). Marine habitats and communities (K. Collins, J. Mallinson). Ornithology of the Solent (D. Burges). Fisheries of Southampton Water and the Solent (A. Jensen). Integrative Solent Case Studies. Aggregate extraction (E. Dower). Main channel deepening - Port of Southampton - 1996/7 (C. Greenwell). Evaluating the intertidal wetlands of the Solent (D. Johnson). Concluding Remarks. Developing a research agenda for the future (I. Townsend). Conclusions and close (M. Drummond). Location index. Subject index.