Coastal Geomorphology

An Introduction

Author: Eric Bird

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 0470723963

Category: Science

Page: 436

View: 8533

Coastal Geomorphology, Second Edition is a comprehensive and systematic introduction to this subject and demonstrates the dynamic nature of coastal landforms, providing a background for analytical planning and management strategies in coastal areas that are subject to continuing changes. This introductory textbook has been completely revised and updated, and is accompanied by a website which provides additional illustrations, global examples, case-studies and more detailed and advanced information on topics referenced in the book, together with explanations of terminology, annotated references and research material.


Author: Britannica Educational Publishing

Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing

ISBN: 161530536X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 296

View: 6767

The planet’s natural dips and elevations, slopes and structures, stud the world’s landscapes and enrich its panoramas. However, the Earth’s landforms should not be viewed as anomalies in its topography; rather, they are often invaluable components of ecosystems and hold significant clues to the natural forces that fashion our environment. This comprehensive volume examines the various landforms—from mountains to caves to glaciers—that can be found across the globe. The processes that shape each formation are also detailed within these pages.

Coastal Systems

Author: Professor Simon K. Haslett

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 1783169028

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 2824

Coastal Systems offers a concise introduction to the processes, landforms, ecosystems and management of this important global environment. Each chapter is illustrated and furnished with topical case studies from around the world. Introductory chapters establish the importance of coasts, and explain how they are studied within a systems framework; subsequent chapters explore the role of waves, tides, rivers and sea-level change in coastal evolution. Students will benefit from summary points, themed boxes, engaging discussion questions and graded annotated guides to further reading at the end of each chapter. Additionally, a comprehensive glossary of technical terms, a new list of associated videos made by the author, and an extensive bibliography are provided. The comprehensive balance of illustrations and academic thought provides a well balanced view between the role of coastal catastrophes and gradual processes, also examining the impact humans and society have and continue to have on the coastal environment.

Introduction to Coastal Processes and Geomorphology, Second Edition

Author: Gerd Masselink,Michael Hughes,Jasper Knight

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 144412241X

Category: Nature

Page: 432

View: 7747

The world's coastlines represent a myriad of dynamic and constantly changing environments. Heavily settled and intensely used areas, they are of enormous importance to humans and understanding how they are shaped and change is crucial to our future. Introduction to Coastal Processes and Geomorphologybegins by discussing coastal systems and shows how these systems link to the processes examined in detail throughout the book. These include the morphodynamic paradigm, tides, waves and sediment transport. Later chapters explore fluvial deltas, estuaries, beaches and barriers, coastal sand dunes and geologically-influenced coasts such as cliffs, coral reefs and atolls. A new chapter addresses the forward-facing aspect of coastal morphodynamics, including the ways in which coasts respond to rapid climate changes such as present day global warming. Also new to this second edition is a chapter on future coasts which considers the wider effects of coastal change on other important aspects of coastal systems, including ecology, management, socio-cultural activities, built and natural heritage, and archaeology. Case studies using examples from around the world illustrate theory in practice and bring the subject to life. Each chapter starts by outlining the 'aims' and questions at the end allow you to track your progress. This book is accompanied by additional resources online at including: Answers to the questions available to download as MP3 files Expanded case studies with colour photos, links to relevant websites and a map link to pinpoint the case study location Interactive multiple choice questions and worked examples The ebook edition is in VitalBookTM Bookshelf - an ebook reader which allows you to: download the ebook to your computer or access it anywhere with an internet browser search the full text of all of the ebooks that you hold on your bookshelf for instant access to the information you need make and share notes and highlights on your ebooks copy and print text and figures customize your view by changing font size and layout.

Rising Seas

Past, Present, Future

Author: Vivien Gornitz

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231519206

Category: Science

Page: 360

View: 7515

The Earth's climate is already warming due to increased concentrations of human-produced greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and the specter of rising sea level is one of global warming's most far-reaching threats. Sea level will keep rising long after greenhouse gas emissions have ceased, because of the delay in penetration of surface warming to the ocean depths and because of the slow dissipation of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide. Adopting a long perspective that interprets sea level changes both underway and expected in the near future, Vivien Gornitz completes a highly relevant and necessary study of an unprecedented age in Earth's history. Gornitz consults past climate archives to help better anticipate future developments and prepare for them more effectively. She focuses on several understudied historical events, including the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Anomaly, the Messinian salinity crisis, the rapid filling of the Black Sea (which may have inspired the story of Noah's flood), and the Storrega submarine slide, an incident possibly connected to a sea level occurrence roughly 8,000 years old. By examining dramatic variations in past sea level and climate, Gornitz concretizes the potential consequences of rapid, human-induced warming. She builds historical precedent for coastal hazards associated with a higher ocean level, such as increased damage from storm surge flooding, even if storm characteristics remain unchanged. Citing the examples of Rotterdam, London, New York City, and other forward-looking urban centers that are effectively preparing for higher sea level, Gornitz also delineates the difficult economic and political choices of curbing carbon emissions while underscoring, through past geological analysis, the urgent need to do so.

Introduction to Geomorphology II

Structure, Landforms, and Geologic Processes

Author: Mr. William A. Szary

Publisher: Earth2Energy Educational Publishing

ISBN: 1508870543

Category: Science

Page: 242

View: 9107

Book II continues with expanding the description of geomorphic provinces describing landscapes in the context of geologic structure, landforms, and the basic principles of processes which shape landforms and landscapes. Book I addressed geomorphic provinces in terms of landscapes and geologic history behind each province. Many photographs are presented in this book covering constructive, destructive, mass wasting, fluvial (river), glacial and coastal processes. Photographs obtained from public domain sources are cited for author and source. Where no citations are offered, the author took the photographs. Both books are intended for those interested in earth science at the secondary school, community college, and undergraduate level of study.

Geology and Geomorphology of Holocene Coastal Barriers of Brazil

Author: Sérgio R. Dillenburg,Patrick A. Hesp

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540250085

Category: Science

Page: 380

View: 8622

This is the first book to cover the Holocene geology and geomorphology of the 9,200 kilometers of the Brazilian coast. It is written for third and fourth year undergraduates, post-graduate students, scientists and man- ers. It characterizes the Brazilian coast in terms of the Holocene geology, geomorphology, oceanographic and climatic conditions, and the location, morphology and evolution of the barrier types. Separate chapters outline the types of barriers and coastal dynamics in each state, beginning in the south and proceeding to the north. Some emphasis is placed on the stretches of coast where the detailed morphology and stratigraphy of b- riers has been previously determined. To date, the Brazilian coastal barriers have been largely ignored by the international community, partly perhaps because much of the past research has tended to concentrate on barrier islands, of which there are very few in Brazil. In contrast, the Brazilian coastal barriers display a much wider range of types than is generally assumed. The biggest and most spectacular transgressive dunefield barriers in the world exist in Brazil, and dominate the southern and northeastern coasts. Many have never been described - fore. This volume provides a wealth of information on Holocene barrier types, evolution and dynamics. It provides managers, ecologists, biologists and botanists with much needed information on the geology, geomorph- ogy and dynamics of the genesis, types, functioning and ecosystems of the Holocene barriers extending along the entire Brazilian coast.


An Introduction to the Study of Landforms

Author: Charles Andrew Cotton

Publisher: N.A


Category: Geomorphology

Page: 505

View: 1406

The crust of the earth. Erosion: The weathering of rocks. The valleys of mature rivers. Limestone landscapes. Peneplains. Interruption of the geomorphic cycle. Glacial erosion. Volcanoes and volcanic products. Marine erosion. Coastal outlines: Energence, Fault, and transversely Warped Shorelines.

Introduction to Geomporphology II

Structure, Landforms, and Geologic Processes

Author: William A. Szary

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781943093908


Page: 243

View: 8785

Introduction to Geomorphology II continues the book series with expanding the description of geomorphic provinces describing landscapes (book I) in the context of geologic structure, landforms, and the basic principles of processes which shape landforms and landscapes. Book I addressed the geomorphic province in terms of landscapes and geologic history behind each province.Many photographic examples are presented in both books. Book II covers constructive, destructive, mass wasting, fluvial (river), glacial, and coastal processes. Photographs obtained from public domain sources are cited for the source and author. Where no citations are provided, photographs were taken by the author.Both books in this series are intended for those interested in earth sciences at the secondary school, community college, and first year undergraduate level of study.

Submarine Geomorphology

Author: Aaron Micallef,Sebastian Krastel,Alessandra Savini

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319578529

Category: Science

Page: 556

View: 3654

This book on the current state of knowledge of submarine geomorphology aims to achieve the goals of the Submarine Geomorphology working group, set up in 2013, by establishing submarine geomorphology as a field of research, disseminating its concepts and techniques among earth scientists and professionals, and encouraging students to develop their skills and knowledge in this field. Editors have invited 30 experts from around the world to contribute chapters to this book, which is divided into 4 sections – (i) Introduction & history, (ii) Data & methods, (ii) Submarine landforms & processes and (iv) Conclusions & future directions. Each chapter provides a review of a topic, establishes the state-of-the-art, identifies the key research questions that need to be addressed, and delineates a strategy on how to achieve this. Submarine geomorphology is a priority for many research institutions, government authorities and industries globally. The book is useful for undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals with limited training in this field.

Beach Processes and Sedimentation

Author: Paul D. Komar

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780130725950

Category: Science

Page: 429

View: 9539

Introduces beach processes within an approach that balances an engineering perspective against a purely geological one. Provides an up-to-date review of the current understanding of beach processes as well as applications to solve coastal problems (erosion, management issues, etc.). Discusses issues related to beach erosion and other processes. The second edition of Beach Processes and Sedimentation has been updated to include information gathered from two decades of science and engineering in the field, reflecting the vast increase in knowledge since the first edition. Discusses the rise of coastal zone management as well as patterns of wave transformations and dissipation within the surf zone, and how these water motions produce cross-shore movements of sediment resulting in beach-profile variations. An essential reference book for many readers: from beach front property owners to politicians contending with beachfront erosion to engineers addressing beachfront reclamation projects.

Encyclopedia of Geomorphology

Author: Andrew Goudie

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415327381

Category: Geomorphology

Page: 1156

View: 7163

The first such reference work in thirty-five years, this is a comprehensive guide to both specific landforms and the major types of processes that create them. This two-volume set provides a historical overview of the field, while exploring recent key discoveries about tectonic and climatic changes as well as the use of new techniques such as modeling, remote sensing, and process measurement. Written by a team of expert contributors from over thirty countries, the nearly 700 alphabetically arranged entries are cross-referenced, indexed, and include up-to-date suggestions for further reading. Fully illustrated with over 360 tables and illustrations, this will be the definitive reference source for students, researchers, and practitioners in geomorphology as well as geography, earth science, sedimentology, and environmental science.

Geomorphology of Desert Environments

Author: Anthony J. Parsons,A. D. Abrahams

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402057199

Category: Science

Page: 831

View: 1220

About one-third of the Earth’s land surface experiences a desert climate, and this area supports approximately 15% of the planet’s population. This percentage continues to grow, and with this growth comes the need to acquire and apply an understanding of desert geomorphology. Such an understanding is vital in managing scarce and fragile resources and in mitigating natural hazards. This authoritative reference book is comprehensive in its coverage of the geomorphology of desert environments, and is arranged thematically. It begins with an overview of global deserts, proceeds through treatments of weathering, hillslopes, rivers, piedmonts, lake basins, and aeolian surfaces, and concludes with a discussion of the role of climatic change. Written by a team of international authors, all of whom are active in the field, the chapters cover the spectrum of desert geomorphology.

Geomorphology and Environmental Sustainability

Felicitation Volume in Honour of Professor H.S. Sharma

Author: Hari Shanker Sharma,S. C. Kalwar

Publisher: Concept Publishing Company

ISBN: 9788180690280

Category: Biodiversity conservation

Page: 366

View: 3270

This volume dedicated to Professor H.S.Sharma provides a cogent account of ongoing research in the field of geomorphology and environmental studies in India.


Form and process

Author: J. Hardisty

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780044452195

Category: Science

Page: 324

View: 5511

This book places research into worldwide beach environments in its geomorphological context. Having introduced the systems approach to environmental modelling, and identified the groups of processes operating on beaches, the text is structured in five parts: the first three sections provide a sequential account of the effects of these processes on the beach system; part four focuses on theory relevant to landform stability, then reviews existing empirical, analytical and numerical models; and the final section introduces a computer model and shows its application to the process functions developed earlier.