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This unique assessment of the world's coasts and oceans details the ecological, environmental and economic importance of each and the global challenges we face to manage common waters and the resources they contain before development threatens to destroy the ultimate source of all life on the 'blue planet'. With global and regional maps, from the Arabian Gulf to the Great Barrier Reef and including the Baltic, the Black Sea, the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, the South Pacific and all the other major global waterways, the atlas considers the impact of climate change, industrial growth, tourism, pollution and over-fishing as well as the steps being taken towards conservation.
An unforgettable, beautifully rendered illustration of the threat of rising sea levels around the world Spurred by manmade climate change, sea levels have been rising at an increasing rate over the past two decades, causing ice to melt, storms to grow in strength and frequency, and the waters to warm and acidify. Despite the dire situation, most people don't have a clear sense of what the specific impact of even an inch or two of sea level rise will entail. In The Atlas of Disappearing Places, Christina Conklin and Marina Psaros make the damage immediately and poignantly visible through images of what the future will bring. With charts and graphs and beautifully rendered maps that use a unique ink-on-dried-seaweed technique, the book depicts two dozen locations across the globe, from Shanghai to Houston, that are existentially under threat from the impact of global warming on the oceans. The book considers the serious consequences of oceanic change on human culture and looks at the effectiveness of current measures—from government policies to grassroots activism—to mitigate the effect of climate change on the ocean. A unique work of art and an indispensable resource for readers to learn more about the devastating consequences of the rising sea levels as well as positive stories of action, The Atlas of Disappearing Places is sure to inform and galvanize readers into engaging with the most pressing issue of our time.
Estuaries are among the most biologically productive ecosystems on the planet--critical to the life cycles of fish, other aquatic animals, and the creatures which feed on them. Estuarine Ecology, Second Edition, covers the physical and chemical aspects of estuaries, the biology and ecology of key organisms, the flow of organic matter through estuaries, and human interactions, such as the environmental impact of fisheries on estuaries and the effects of global climate change on these important ecosystems. Authored by a team of world experts from the estuarine science community, this long-awaited, full-color edition includes new chapters covering phytoplankton, seagrasses, coastal marshes, mangroves, benthic algae, Integrated Coastal Zone Management techniques, and the effects of global climate change. It also features an entriely new section on estuarine ecosystem processes, trophic webs, ecosystem metabolism, and the interactions between estuaries and other ecosystems such as wetlands and marshes
"This book examines state-of-the-art developments in coastal informatics (e.g., data portals, data/ metadata vocabularies and ontologies, metadata creation/ extraction/ cross-walking tools, geographic and information management systems, grid computing) and coastal mapping (particularly via Internet map servers and web-based geographical information and analysis)"--Provided by publisher.
This highly acclaimed atlas distills the vast science of climate change, providing a reliable and insightful guide to this rapidly growing field. Since the 2006 publication of the first edition, climate change has climbed even higher up the global agenda. This new edition reflects the latest developments in research and the impact of climate change, and in current efforts to mitigate and adapt to changes in the world’s weather. The atlas covers a wide range of topics, including warning signs, vulnerable populations, health impacts, renewable energy, emissions reduction, personal and public action. The third edition includes new or additional coverage of a number of topics, including agreements reached in Copenhagen and Cancun, ocean warming and increased acidity, the economic impact of climate change, and advantages gained by communities and business from adapting to climate change. The extensive maps and graphics have been updated with new data, making this edition once again an essential resource for everyone concerned with this pressing subject.
An Atlas of the World’s Conifers is the first ever atlas of all known conifer species. It is a comprehensive work describing the natural distribution, biogeography, diversity and conservation status of the conifers on all continents.

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