An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management by Timothy Beatley

By Timothy Beatley

This name bargains a accomplished evaluation of coastal making plans and administration matters for college kids and execs within the box. given that ebook of the 1st version in 1994, inhabitants progress and lengthening improvement pressures on our coasts have made the necessity for forward-looking, inventive and sustainable visions for the longer term even better. This revised version comprises: considerably up to date information and statistics together with discussions of inhabitants and development traits, federal and country coastal costs, catastrophe information costs and harm degrees from storm and coastal storms; up-to-date legislative and programmatic fabric, together with the Stafford Act and mitigation advice programmes, and alterations within the Coastal quarter administration Act; accelerated assurance of actual and organic attributes and stipulations of the coastal region; accelerated and up-to-date discussions of cutting edge neighborhood coastal administration; and new chapters on inventive coastal layout and improvement and classes from coastal programmes in different international locations. "An advent to Coastal quarter administration" addresses the intense coastal tendencies and pressures within the US, assesses the present coverage and making plans framework, and places forth a imaginative and prescient for destiny administration and sustainable coastal making plans. it's a major source for undergraduate and graduate scholars of coastal making plans in addition to for neighborhood and country officers, citizens of coastal groups, environmental advocates, builders and others considering coastal matters.

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Estuaries Estuaries are some of the most ecologically productive elements of the coastal environment, rivaling tropical rainforests in their primary productivity. Estuaries are coastal aquatic systems formed by the mixing of freshwater from riverine systems and saltwater from the ocean. Prichard (1967) presents one of the more commonly cited definitions of an estuary: a “semi-enclosed coastal body of water which has a free connection with the sea and within which sea water is measurably diluted with freshwater derived from land drainage” (p.

Complex coastal processes interact to create a dynamic equilibrium and provide the energy necessary to create the landforms and coastal ecosystems discussed in this chapter. This section introduces some of the basic characteristics of these important coastal forces and processes, including wind, waves, currents, tides, hurricanes and other coastal storms, and sea level rise. The net result of these energy sources—erosion and accretion—is also discussed in this section. Wind Wind plays several critical roles in shaping and changing the coastal environment: It serves as an important mover of sediment and a major generating and sustaining force of waves.

Basically, hurricanes are heat engines, fueled by the release of latent heat from the condensation of warm water. Their formation requires a low pressure disturbance, sufficiently warm sea surface temperature, rotational force from the spinning of the earth, and the absence of wind shear in the lowest 50,000 feet of the atmosphere. Hurricanes that strike the Atlantic coast form in the Atlantic Basin, from the west coast of Africa westward into the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Hurricanes in this basin generally form between June 1 and November 30, with a peak around mid-September.

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