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The Coastlines of the World with Google Earth

Understanding our Environment

Series: Coastal Research Library, Vol. 2

Scheffers, Anja M., Scheffers, Sander R., Kelletat, Dieter H.

2012, XII, 293p. 411 illus., 283 illus. in color.

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  • All the world's coastlines at a glance, through images and explanatory text
  • More than 170 colour images from Google Earth (including scale and coordinate data) and terrestrial and oblique aerial photos from the authors
  • Offers researchers and even non-experts a wealth of information and context to understand our coastal environment

Far away shores, exotic islands or adventurous sea voyages -  coasts are the destination of dreams for millions of people around the globe. Large numbers of people also call coasts their home; in many countries a narrow coastal strip is densely populated making these places vulnerable to marine natural hazards such as storms or tsunamis. The book Coastlines of the World with Google Earth aims to draw people's attention (within and outside of the science community) towards coastal sciences  and spark interest  for the extraordinary diversity and beauty of coastal environments. The book illustrates the fascinating variety of coastal landscapes using images from Google Earth's virtual globe that allow us to explore the world and demonstrate knowledge and applications of coastal science in many different fields in an engaging visual tour.

The book of Anja and Sander Scheffers and Dieter Kelletat is a true cornucopia for everyone, both scientists and laymen, interested in coastal geomorphology. On the one hand, it documents the enormous significance of Google Earth for coastal science issues and shows how powerful this tool is for visualizing coastal features  and processes. On the other hand, the reader gets a vivid insight in the many varieties of coastal science and its applications. This is especially true with regard to coastal hazards such as extreme events and global sea level rise knowing that the vulnerability of coastal zones has dramatically increased during the past decades. The fact that the book is so attractive and inspiring to both beginners and experts is also due to the huge experience that the authors have gained during their manifold research activities.
Andreas Vött, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany

This book will have great appeal to coastal researchers, at both beginning and advanced stages, because it integrates Google satellite imagery with coastal marine classification and in-depth studies by the authors from many parts of the world. The world’s coastline is well represented in this book which has a truly global perspective of  unique, dramatic and commonplace coastal landforms. The authors in collaboration with the publisher have prepared a very handsome volume that will no doubt become a classic in the fullness of time. This book represents one of the first efforts to utilize Google images in a scientific manner to illustrate the diversity of coastal morphologies on a worldwide basis. The plethora of color satellite images, block diagrams, and oblique photography makes this book a valuable resource for a wide array of specialists that will want to have handy access to this unique work. This coastal compendium is an illustrated tour de force that belongs on researchers' bookshelves as well as on coffee tables for casual enjoyment.
Charles Finkl, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, USA

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Coastal Erosion - Coastal Forms - Coastal environment - Coastlines - Google Earth Coastlines - Satellite images

Related subjects » Earth System Sciences - Ecology - Geography - Geology - Oceanography

Table of contents 

Introduction: Oceans and Coastlines


1  The Oceans

1.1  Extent, Origin and Topography

1.2  Sediments in the Oceans

1.3  Physics and Chemistry of Ocean Waters

1.4  Life in the Oceans

1.5  Movements in the Ocean: Currents, Waves and Tides

1.6  Changing Sea Levels
 

2 Coastal Landforms and Landscapes

2.2  Ice Cliffs, Calving Glaciers and Sea Ice

2.3  Structural Dominated Coastlines

2.4  Volcanic Coasts

3  Coastlines Dominated by Ingression of the Sea into older Terrestrial Landforms

3.1  Ingression in Rocky Glacial Landscapes

3.2  Ingression in Sedimentary Glacial Landscapes

3.3  Ingression into Fluvial Landscapes

3.4  Ingression into Karst Landforms

3.5 Ingression into Eolian Landforms

3.6  Permafrost Coastlines with Ingression 
 

4 Destructive Coastline

4.1  Bioerosion

4.2  Tafoni and Tessellated Pavements

4.3  Cliffs and Shore Platforms 
 

5  Sedimentary Coasts

5.1  Introduction – The beach and its features

5.2  Foreshore Features and Tidal Flats

5.3  Spits and Tombolos

5.4  Barriers, Barrier Islands and Lagoons

5.5  Beach Ridge Systems and Cheniers

5.6  Coastal Dunes

5.7  Marine Deltas 
 

6  Coasts Dominated by Organisms

6.1  Marine Plants – Algae and Seagrass

6.2  Marine Plants – Mangroves

6.3  Coral Reefs

6.4  Other organic hardgrounds

 
7  Coasts as Archives of the Past

7.1  Geologic archives in coastal environments

7.2  Coastal Geoarchaeology 
 

8  Coasts at Risk

8.1  Coastal Natural Hazards – Storms and Tsunamis

8.2  Sea Level Rise – The unavoidable and uncertain future of our coasts

8.3  Man-made Coastlines

Epilogue

Index

3  Coastlines Dominated by Ingression of the Sea into older Terrestrial Landforms

3.1  Ingression in Rocky Glacial Landscapes

3.2  Ingression in Sedimentary Glacial Landscapes

3.3  Ingression into Fluvial Landscapes

3.4  Ingression into Karst Landforms

3.5 Ingression into Eolian Landforms

3.6  Permafrost Coastlines with Ingression 
 

4 Destructive Coastline

4.1  Bioerosion

4.2  Tafoni and Tessellated Pavements

4.3  Cliffs and Shore Platforms 
 

5  Sedimentary Coasts

5.1  Introduction – The beach and its features

5.2  Foreshore Features and Tidal Flats

5.3  Spits and Tombolos

5.4  Barriers, Barrier Islands and Lagoons

5.5  Beach Ridge Systems and Cheniers

5.6  Coastal Dunes

5.7  Marine Deltas 
 

6  Coasts Dominated by Organisms

6.1  Marine Plants – Algae and Seagrass

6.2  Marine Plants – Mangroves

6.3  Coral Reefs

6.4  Other organic hardgrounds

 
7  Coasts as Archives of the Past

7.1  Geologic archives in coastal environments

7.2  Coastal Geoarchaeology 
 

8  Coasts at Risk

8.1  Coastal Natural Hazards – Storms and Tsunamis

8.2  Sea Level Rise – The unavoidable and uncertain future of our coasts

8.3  Man-made Coastlines

Epilogue

Index

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