Coastal Environments and Global Change

Author: Gerd Masselink,Roland Gehrels

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118825101

Category: Nature

Page: 448

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The coastal zone is one of the most dynamic environments on ourplanet and is much affected by global change, especially sea-levelrise. Coastal environments harbour valuable ecosystems, but theyare also hugely important from a societal point of view. This book,which draws on the expertise of 21 leading international coastalscientists, represents an up-to-date account of coastalenvironments and past, present and future impacts of global change.The first chapter of the book outlines key principles that underpincoastal systems and their behaviour. This is followed by adiscussion of key processes, including sea level change,sedimentation, storms, waves and tides, that drive coastal change.The main part of the book consists of a discussion of the maincoastal environments (beaches, dunes, barriers, salt marshes, tidalflats, estuaries, coral reefs, deltas, rocky and glaciated coastsand coastal groundwater), and how these are affected by globalchange. The final chapter highlights strategies for coping withcoastal change. Readership: final year undergraduate and postgraduate-levelstudents on coastal courses in a wide range subjects, includinggeography, environmental management, geology, oceanography andcoastal/civil engineering. The book will also be a valuableresource for researchers and applied scientists dealing withcoastal environments. Additional resources for this book can be found at: ahref="http://www.wiley.com/go/masselink/coastal"www.wiley.com/go/masselink/coastal/a
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Climate Change 2014 – Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: Global and Sectoral Aspects

Author: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107058074

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1150

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This latest Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will again form the standard reference for all those concerned with climate change and its consequences, including students, researchers and policy makers in environmental science, meteorology, climatology, biology, ecology, atmospheric chemistry and environmental policy.
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Vulnerability of Coastal Ecosystems and Adaptation

Author: André Monaco,Patrick Prouzet

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1848217048

Category: Science

Page: 290

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The vulnerability of socio -ecosystem combines the probability of exposure to natural or anthropogenic pressure, sensitivity and resilience. This book presents a systemic view of the diversity of pressures and impacts produced by climate change and human actions. Erosion of biodiversity by changing ocean chemistry, the intensification of global change raises the problem of the adaptation of living resources.
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Climate Change and Cities

Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network

Author: Cynthia Rosenzweig,William D. Solecki,Patricia Romero-Lankao,Shagun Mehrotra,Shobhakar Dhakal,Somayya Ali Ibrahim

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1316603334

Category: Science

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Deserts and Desert Environments

Author: Julie J Laity

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444300741

Category: Science

Page: 360

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Taking a global perspective, this book provides a concise overviewof drylands, including their physical, biological, temporal, andhuman components. Examines the physical systems occurring in desert environments,including climate, hydrology, past and present lakes, weathering,hillslopes, geomorphic surfaces, water as a geomorphic agent, andaeolian processes Offers an accessible introduction to the physical, biological,temporal, and human components of drylands Investigates the nature, environmental requirements, andessential geomorphic roles of plants and animals in this stressfulbiological environment Highlights the impact of human population growth on climate,desertification, water resources, and dust storm activity Includes an examination of surface/atmosphere interactions andthe impact of ENSO events.
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Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Natural Resource Systems

Author: Kenneth D. Frederick,Norman J. Rosenberg

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401102074

Category: Science

Page: 219

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This volume characterizes the current state of natural science and socioeconomic modeling of the impacts of climate change and current climate variability on forests, grasslands, and water. It identifies what can be done currently with impact assessments and suggests how to undertake such assessments. Impediments to linking biophysical and socioeconomic models into integrated assessments for policy purposes are identified, and recommendations for future research activities to improve the state of the art and remove these impediments to model integration are provided. This book is for natural and social scientists with an interest in the impacts of climate change on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and their socioeconomic impacts, and policy makers interested in understanding the status of current assessment capabilities and in identifying priority areas for future research.
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Geomorphology and Land Management in a Changing Environment

Author: Duncan F. M. McGregor,Donald A. Thompson

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471955115

Category: Nature

Page: 356

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Geomorphology and Land Management in a Changing Environment Edited by Duncan F. M. McGregor and Donald A. Thompson Royal Holloway, University of London, UK Geomorphology and Land Management in a Changing Environment highlights the practical application of geography to environmental management, through examination of the ways in which geomorphology is relevant to, and contributes to, proper management of land resources. Increasingly, effective land use is seen as dependent on the integration of geomorphological principles and practice within the decision-making process. The book elucidates the environmental effects of land management practices in terms of the geomorphological systems in which they take place and in the context of an environment subject to uncertainty and change. It critically reviews the progress of ‘applied geomorphology’ in addressing the issues of practical applicability of geomorphology, and then focuses on four major themes within this interaction: ground instability and land management; the effect of land use on the hydrological and erosional response of geomorphological systems; modelling geomorphological response to environmental change; and geomorphological aspects of the management of environmental risk. By integrating a wide range of case studies from the developed and the developing world, the book offers a distinctive insight into the range and utility of geomorphological research, and pointers for environmental planners and decision makers at all levels.
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The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy

Author: Robert Falkner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118326253

Category: Political Science

Page: 552

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The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy presents an authoritative and comprehensive overview of global policy on climate and the environment. It combines the strengths of an interdisciplinary team of experts from around the world to explore current debates and the latest thinking in the search for global environmental solutions. Explores the environmental challenges we currently face, and the concepts and approaches to solving these Questions the role of global actors, institutions and processes, and considers the links between global climate and environment policy, and that of the global economy Highlights the connections between social science research and global policy Brings together authoritative coverage of recent research by internationally-renowned experts from around the world, including from North America, Europe, and Asia Provides an essential resource guide for students and researchers from across a wide range of related disciplines – from politics and international relations, to environmental sciences and sociology – and for global policy practitioners
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