The development and ecology of coastal waters is an increasingly important topic and one which touches a wide range of areas including oceanography, hydrology, biology, ecology, fisheries science, aquaculture, civil engineering, geography, economics, law and the social sciences. This book provides a balanced overview allowing the reader to understand exactly what is at stake in the development and management of coastal waters. There is no other book currently available which provides such an overview of this important area. Divided into three parts, the first part provides the background knowledge necessary for an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological phenomena of coastal waters. Part 2 looks at marine ecology from something other than the traditional view of placing organisms at the centre of the problem and considering them in relation to other organisms and environments, instead the authors show how it is possible with marine ecosystems in which the biological, physical and chemical components are equally important when defining an entire system. Finally an exhaustive review of the available technology for various types of development is provided. All in all, this book constitutes a succint and up-to-date summary of the functions of coastal ecosystems which should be read by all those active in, and with an interest in, the management and development of coastal seas.
Introduction.- Part A. Ecology and Development of Coastal Waters: 1. Water, the oceans and the atmosphere. 2. Water currents. 3. Marine life and production of living matter. 4. Physical factors, water movements and biological production.- Part B. Humans and Coastal Waters: 5. Man and the shore. 6. Fresh water input to the coastal zone. 7. The exploitation of aquatic living resources: fisheries and aquaculture.- Part C. Management of Coastal Waters: 8. Ecological planning. 9. Conservation - the first form of management. 10. Managed ecosystems in sheltered waters. 11. Freshwater, waste water, coastal water. 12. Creation of water movement. 13. The hatchery-nursery and the management of recruitment. 14. Interfaces, subtrates, reefs and fish aggregation devices. 15. Filter feeding molluscs and managed systems. 16. Examples of integrated development and management. 17. General Conclusion.- Glossary.- Index.