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Atlas of Coasts and Oceans

The Atlas of Coasts and Oceans

Mapping the World's Marine Areas

Earthscan Atlas Series

Don Hinrichsen  

128 pages, 246 x 189 mm
Publisher: Earthscan from Routledge

    Paperback - 2012
ISBN: 9781849712071 - AU $ 32.00



This unique assessment of the world's coasts and oceans details the ecological, environmental and economic importance of each and the global challenges we face to manage common waters and the resources they contain before development threatens to destroy the ultimate source of all life on the 'blue planet'.

With global and regional maps, from the Arabian Gulf to the Great Barrier Reef and including the Baltic, the Black Sea, the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, the South Pacific and all the other major global waterways, the atlas considers the impact of climate change, industrial growth, tourism, pollution and over-fishing as well as the steps being taken towards conservation.


 Part 1: People and Coasts
Population Growth along Coasts
Urbanized Coastlines
Eroding Shorelines

Part 2: Major Threats To Ocean Resources
Ocean Ecosystems under Threat
Coastal Dead Zones Americas: Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay, Montevideo
Europe: including Baltic Sea
Africa, Asia & Australia
Black Sea diagram
Sea of Japan
Collapsing Coastal Resources
Coral Reefs in Peril
The Empty Ocean

Part 3: Trade, Commerce and Tourism
Major Shipping Lanes
Energy from the Sea: Off Shore Oil & Gas Production
Farming the Sea: Marine culture and aquaculture

Part 4: Climate Change
Climate Conveyor Belt
Impact on Coastal Areas: Rising Seas
Extreme Weather Events
Ocean Acidification
Disappearing Arctic
Antarctic: The Shrinking Continent

Part 5: Seas in Conflict
Contested Islands
Resource Conflicts
Piracy: A Growth Industry

Part 6: Management of Coastal and Marine Areas
Sustainable Management of Coastal Areas and Fisheries
Shared Seas and Management Plans
Marine Protected Areas
Ocean Zoning


 Don Hinrichsen is the author of many books on the environment and development, including Coastal Waters of the World, Our Common Future and the Atlas of the Environment. Now Senior Development Manager at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in London, he has worked with UN agencies, governments and NGOs in some 60 developing countries. 

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