1st Edition

The Science of Ocean Pollution

By Frank R. Spellman Copyright 2024
    264 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The marine environment supports nearly half of the universal primary production, and a great share of which drives global fisheries. The Science of Ocean Pollution is written and presented in the author’s characteristic conversational style and provides comprehensive coverage of the current situation regarding pollution in the world’s oceans. Even though our welfare is intricately linked, interconnected with the sea and its natural resources, humans have substantially altered the face of the ocean within only a few centuries. The face of today’s sea is quite apparent, obvious and visible; it floats. This book examines pollution runoff, plastics, oil spills and other pollutants that float in our seas as well as methods to best remediate these issues.

    1. And the Sea Will Show. 2. Ocean Dumping. 3. The Plastisphere It Floats. 4. Garbage Patch Sea. 5. The Floating Sun-Screened Sea. 6. The Floating Oily Sea. 7. The Floating Sewer Sea. 8. Water Pollution Treatment. 9. Runoff into the Floating Sea. 10. Log Patrol. 11. Other Assorted Containers and Packaging. 12. Industrial Sea Pollution. 13. Noisy Sea. 14. Electromagnetic Sea. 15. Heated Oceans. 16. Ocean Acidification. 17. Ocean Hypoxia. 18. 1 — 9. 19. Ocean Pollution and Health. 20. Conclusion.


    Frank R. Spellman is a retired assistant professor of Environmental Health at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, and author of over 155 books. Spellman has been cited in more than 400 publications, serves as a professional expert witness; incident/accident investigator for the US Department of Justice and a private law firm, and consults on homeland security vulnerability assessments (VAs) for critical infrastructure including water/wastewater facilities nationwide. Dr. Spellman lectures on sewage treatment, water treatment and homeland security and health and safety topics throughout the country and teaches water/wastewater operator short courses at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA). He holds a BA in public administration; BS in business management; MBA; Master of Science, MS, in environmental engineering and PhD in environmental engineering.