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Coasts in Crisis

Gary Griggs


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PUBLISHED: 3rd October 2017
ISBN: 9780520293625
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  • Paperback
    $48.14
PUBLISHED: 3rd October 2017
ISBN: 9780520293625

Publisher Description

Coastal regions around the world have become increasingly crowded, intensively developed, and severely exploited. Hundreds of millions of people living in these low-lying areas are subject to short-term coastal hazards such as cyclones, hurricanes, and destruction due to El Nino, and are also exposed to the long-term threat of global sea-level rise. These massive concentrations of people expose often-fragile coastal environments to the runoff and pollution from municipal, industrial, and agricultural sources as well as the impacts of resource exploitation and a wide range of other human impacts. Can environmental impacts be reduced or mitigated and can coastal regions adapt to natural hazards? Coasts in Crisis is a comprehensive assessment of the impacts that the human population is having on the coastal zone globally and the diverse ways in which coastal hazards impact human settlement and development. Gary Griggs provides a concise overview of the individual hazards, risks, and issues threatening the coastal zone.

Author Biography

Gary Griggs is Distinguished Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is author or coauthor of Introduction to California's Beaches and Coast, Living with the Changing California Coast, California Coast from the Air, The Santa Cruz Coast (Then and Now), and Our Ocean Backyard.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments

PART ONE. INTRODUCTION TO HUMANS AND COASTS

  1. Human Settlement of the Coastal Zone

    PART TWO. NATURAL PROCESSES AND HAZARDS AFFECTING COASTAL REGIONS

  2. Coastal Tectonics and Hazards
  3. Tropical Cyclones, Hurricanes, and Typhoons
  4. Storms, Waves, Coastal Erosion, and Shoreline Retreat
  5. Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise

    PART THREE. IMPACTS OF HUMAN ACTIVITIES ON COASTS

  6. Marine Pollution
  7. Plastic and Marine Debris
  8. Petroleum and the Coastal Zone
  9. Coastal Power Plants
  10. Renewable Energy from the Coastal Zone
  11. Groundwater and Petroleum Withdrawal: Subsidence and Seawater Intrusion
  12. Desalination: Fresh Water from the Ocean
  13. Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, and Ocean Acidification
  14. Coral Reefs and Threats to Their Health and Survival
  15. Fishing, Overfishing, and Aquaculture
  16. Aquatic Invasive Species
  17. Sand, Dams, and Beaches

    Index

Review

"Highly recommend[ed]. . . . to all coastal scientists, managers, and planners and anyone concerned about the future of our extensive global coastlines. This book serves both as a comprehensive and artfully illustrated guide to the science behind coastal processes and hazards, and an environmental call to action to address the crisis we are facing for the majority of the world's population." Coastal Management "This is an excellent introduction and a good launching point for further inquiry into understanding our planet's coasts." CHOICE

Product Details

Author
Gary Griggs
Publisher
University of California Press
Year
2017
ISBN-10
0520293622
ISBN-13
9780520293625
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
A Global Challenge
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
174 color images
Pages
360
Media
Book
Publication Date
2017-10-03