Challenges in Estuarine and Coastal Science

Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association 50th Anniversary Volume

  • Examines and exemplifies current and future worldwide challenges in estuarine and coastal science. 
  • An authoritative and wide-ranging collection of expert contributions.
  • Offers fresh critical perspectives on estuarine and coastal policy.
    £45.00

    • This book describes the ECSA-enabled evolution of estuarine and coastal science over the last 50 years, initially in the UK and later expanding to Europe and then worldwide. The science is explained logically and clearly, while being state-of-the-art. The book is a pleasure to read and it is most instructive. It presents a big-picture approach to understanding estuarine and coastal ecosystems, and it explains how this science could be best used for management. This book is a gem.
      —Prof. Eric Wolanski, author of Coasts and Estuaries: The Future
    Tags:
    • coasts
    • Coming Soon
    • conservation
    • ecology
    • estuaries
    • marine habitat

    Description

    Estuarine and coastal waters are acknowledged centres for anthropogenic impacts. Superimposed on the complex natural interactions between land, rivers and sea are the myriad consequences of human activity – a spectrum ranging from locally polluting effluents to some of the severest consequences of global climate change. For practitioners, academics and students in the field of coastal science and policy, this book examines and exemplifies current and future challenges: from upper estuaries to open coasts and adjacent seas; from tropical to temperate latitudes; from Europe to Australia.

    This authoritative volume marks the 50th anniversary of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association, and contains a prologue by founding member Professor Richard Barnes and a short history of the Association. Individual chapters then address coastal erosion and deposition; open shores to estuaries and deltas; marine plastics; coastal squeeze and habitat loss; tidal freshwaters – saline incursion and estuarine squeeze; restoration management using remote data collection; carbon storage; species distribution and non-natives; shorebirds; modelling environmental change; physical processes such as sediments and modelling; sea level rise and estuarine tidal dynamics; estuaries as fish nurseries; policy versus reality in coastal conservation; developments in estuarine, coastal and marine management.

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/BDIX4458

    Table of Contents

    Preface
    John Humphreys and Sally Little

    Prologue
    Richard S.K. Barnes

    Foreword: The Origins and History of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association
    Martin Wilkinson and Donald McLusky
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/LRJC3469

    1. Morphodynamics of Tropical Atlantic River Mouths and their Adjacent Shorelines
    Helene Burningham, Silvia Palotti Polizel and Awa Bousso Dramé
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/ORMQ3496

    2. Coastal Erosion and Management Challenges in the United Kingdom
    Kenneth Pye and Simon J. Blott
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/KLYK5564

    3. Challenges of Sea-level Rise on Estuarine Tidal Dynamics
    Danial Khojasteh, Jamie Ruprecht, Katrina Waddington, Hamed Moftakhari, Amir AghaKouchak and William Glamore
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/VYYD7091

    4. Estimating the Residence Time in Estuaries: Methods and Application
    Paula Birocchi, Juliana Correa Neiva Ferreira and Marcelo Dottori
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/GAYD3051

    5. Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes: Looking Back, Looking Forwards
    Steven B. Mitchell and Reginald J. Uncles
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/EFRH6987

    6. Marine Plastics: Emerging Challenges and Priorities for Estuaries and Coasts
    Anthony W. Gallagher, Malcolm D. Hudson, Oliver T. Brooks and Jessica L. Stead
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/CIKC3737

    7. Estuarine Tidal Freshwater Zones in a Changing Climate: Meeting the Challenge of Saline Incursion and Estuarine Squeeze
    Sally Little, Jonathan P. Lewis, Helen Pietkiewicz and Krysia Mazik
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/VCCR7195

    8. Defining Habitat Losses due to Coastal Squeeze
    Nigel Pontee, James A. Tempest, Kenneth Pye and Simon J. Blott
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/BQPM4918

    9. Carbon Storage in UK Intertidal Environments
    William E.N. Austin, Craig Smeaton, Paulina Ruranska, David M. Paterson, Martin W. Skov, Cai J.T. Ladd, Lucy McMahon, Glenn M. Havelock, Roland Gehrels, Rob Mills, Natasha L.M. Barlow, Annette Burden, Laurence Jones and Angus Garbutt
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/STPP2268

    10. Created Coastal Wetlands as Carbon Stores: Potential Challenges and Opportunities
    Hannah L. Mossman, Martin J.P. Sullivan, Rachel M. Dunk, Stuart Rae, Robert Sparkes, James Tempest and Nigel Pontee
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/NQGO7715

    11. Coastal Habitat Restoration, Invasive Species and Remote Monitoring Solutions
    Sophie Walker, Nathan Waltham, Christina Buelow and Jordan Iles
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/BDDZ5865

    12. Multi-decadal Responses of Coastal Ecosystems to Climate Change, Pollution and Non-indigenous Species in the Western and Mid-English Channel
    Roger J.H. Herbert, Guillaume Corbeau, Laurent Godet, Nicolas Desroy, Nova Mieszkowska, Louise B. Firth, Alice E. Hall and Stephen J. Hawkins
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/XPLN8836

    13. Predicting the Effect of Environmental Change on Non-breeding Shorebirds with Individual-based Modelling
    John D. Goss-Custard and Richard A. Stillman
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/INUA1114

    14. The Role of Estuaries and Coastal Areas as Nurseries for Fish: Concepts, Methodological Challenges and Future Perspectives
    Henrique Cabral
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/ESFX8762

    15. Marine Conservation: Smoke and Mirrors in the Coastal Zone
    John Humphreys
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/ICZC2380

    16. Lessons from the Past Half-Century: Challenges, Opportunities and Priorities for Future Estuarine, Coastal and Marine Management
    Michael Elliott and Alan Whitfield
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/PLYN4189

    Conclusions
    Trajectories and Challenges in Estuarine and Coastal Science
    John Humphreys and Sally Little
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/IWAO4211

    Index

    Reviews

    • This book describes the ECSA-enabled evolution of estuarine and coastal science over the last 50 years, initially in the UK and later expanding to Europe and then worldwide. The science is explained logically and clearly, while being state-of-the-art. The book is a pleasure to read and it is most instructive. It presents a big-picture approach to understanding estuarine and coastal ecosystems, and it explains how this science could be best used for management. This book is a gem.
      —Prof. Eric Wolanski, author of Coasts and Estuaries: The Future
    • The ECSA has always encouraged an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of estuaries and coasts, ranging from the biological through to physical and chemical studies. The chapters in this volume collectively reflect many of today’s issues and challenges in estuarine and coastal science. The book elucidates trajectories in coastal policies and is an important contribution to our integrated understanding of estuarine and coastal seas.
      —Robert Clark, Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities

    About the Author

    John Humphreys is a professor of marine biology and former Pro Vice-chancellor at the University of Greenwich, London, where his work in Africa won a Queen’s Award for Higher Education. He has served as Chair of the Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and as a non-executive director of a commercial port and harbour authority. He is currently President-elect of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. His books include Marine Protected Areas: Science, Policy and Management (2020).

    Sally Little is ECSA President and a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. Her research focuses on assessing the impact of environmental, climatic and other anthropogenic pressures on the structural and functional ecology of estuarine ecosystems, with a particular focus on upper estuarine tidal freshwater zones.

    Bibliographic Information

    • 320 pages
    • 40 colour illus, 20 b/w illus
    • 21 tables
    • BISAC SCI039000, SCI070030, SCI052000, SCI030000, NAT045050
    • BIC PSPM, PSVW73, RBKC, RGBP, 1QS