Estuarine and coastal waters are acknowledged centres for anthropogenic impacts. Superimposed on the complex natural interactions between land, rivers and sea are the myriad consequences of human activity – a spectrum ranging from locally polluting effluents to some of the severest consequences of global climate change. For practitioners, academics and students in the field of coastal science and policy, Challenges in Estuarine and Coastal Science examines and exemplifies current and future challenges: from upper estuaries to open coasts and adjacent seas; from tropical to temperate latitudes; from Europe to Australia.
This authoritative volume marks the 50th anniversary of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association and contains a prologue by founding member Professor Richard Barnes and a short history of the Association. Individual chapters then address coastal erosion and deposition; open shores to estuaries and deltas; marine plastics; coastal squeeze and habitat loss; tidal freshwaters – saline incursion and estuarine squeeze; restoration management using remote data collection; carbon storage; species distribution and non-natives; shorebirds; Modelling environmental change; physical processes such as sediments and modelling; sea-level rise and estuarine tidal dynamics; estuaries as fish nurseries; policy versus reality in coastal conservation; developments in Estuarine, coastal and marine management.
John Humphreys is a professor of marine biology and former Pro Vice-chancellor at the University of Greenwich, London, where his work in Africa won a Queen’s Award for Higher Education. He has served as Chair of the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and as a non-executive director of a commercial port and harbour authority. He is currently President-elect of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. His books include Marine Protected Areas: Science, Policy and Management (2020).
Sally Little is ECSA President and a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. Her research focuses on assessing the impact of environmental, climatic and other anthropogenic pressures on the structural and functional ecology of estuarine ecosystems, with a particular focus on upper estuarine tidal freshwater zones.