By Gerd Masselink, Roland Gehrels

The coastal area is without doubt one of the such a lot dynamic environments on our planet and is far stricken by international switch, particularly sea-level upward push. Coastal environments harbour beneficial ecosystems, yet also they are highly vital from a societal perspective. This booklet, which attracts at the services of 21 best overseas coastal scientists, represents an up to date account of coastal environments and prior, current and destiny affects of world swap. the 1st bankruptcy of the e-book outlines key rules that underpin coastal platforms and their behaviour. this is often by means of a dialogue of key techniques, together with sea point swap, sedimentation, storms, waves and tides, that force coastal swap. the most a part of the publication includes a dialogue of the most coastal environments (beaches, dunes, boundaries, salt marshes, tidal apartments, estuaries, coral reefs, deltas, rocky and glaciated coasts and coastal groundwater), and the way those are stricken by international swap. the ultimate bankruptcy highlights techniques for dealing with coastal change.

: ultimate yr undergraduate and postgraduate-level scholars on coastal classes in a variety matters, together with geography, environmental administration, geology, oceanography and coastal/civil engineering.  The ebook can be a important source for researchers and utilized scientists facing coastal environments.

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A long-term perspective is crucial, as coastal evolution is recorded in coastal stratigraphy, which provides useful analogues for present-day and future coastal behaviour under various sea-level regimes. Models of coastal change include those based on descriptions of processes (conceptual models), those that quantify processes ­ (empirical models) and behaviour (behaviour-oriented models), those that include morphodynamic feedback (process-based morphodynamic models), and those that are a scaled-down version of the real world (physical models).

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