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ISBN 9780415213011
Published January 18, 2001 by Routledge
240 Pages

 
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Book Description

Coastal Systems offers a concise introduction to the processes, landforms, ecosystems, and management of coasts. Each chapter is illustrated and includes topical case studies from around the world such as:
* Tsunami's in Papua New Guinea
* cliff collapse in Southern England
* the Great Barrier Reef
* the Indian 'Super Cyclone' of 1999
* the impact of development in the Florida Keys.

Introductory chapters establish the importance of coasts and explain how they are studied within a system framework. Subsequent chapters explore the role of waves, rivers and sea level changes in coastal evolution. The final chapter reviews the human pressures and management of coastal systems.

Table of Contents

1 Coastal systems: definition, energy and classification 2 Wave-dominated coastal systems 3 Tidally-dominated coastal systems 4 River-dominated coastal systems 5 Sea-level and the changing land-sea interface 6. Coastal Management Issues

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Biography

Simon K. Haslett is a Professor of Physical Geography and recently appointed Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at University of Wales, Newport. His research concerns the physical evolution of coasts and coastal oceans, particularly regarding the impact of climate, sea-level change, and high-energy events, such as storms and tsunami.

Reviews

'This is a very good, accurate and up-to-date undergraduate text which provides a sound overview of the coastal processes and systems.' - Geography

'Provides a very approachable, reliable and well pitched text for students ... marvellously constructed ... Haslett's book is the best on the market ...' - Earth Surface Processes and Landforms Vol. 27