This valuable work, published in September 2000, provides a comprehensive review of the environmental condition of the seas of the world, sea by sea and region by region. It focuses on all aspects of man's interactions with the seas and with their biological and physical systems. The three volumes of "Seas at the Millennium: an Environmental Evaluation" cover issues of global and regional importance such as: biological description of the coast and continental shelf waters; development and use of the coast; landfill and its effects; pollutant discharges over time; effects of over-fishing; and, management methods and techniques used to ensure continued ecosystem functioning. The relative importance of water-borne and airborne routes differ in different parts of the world, so routes and paths of pollutant movement in different areas will be examined and described in their local and global context. Each chapter is written by experts in the field. The regional chapters include: an historical overview of the area concerned in environmental terms; uses to which it has been put and to which it is put today; its current environmental status and major problems arising from human use of both the sea and its watershed; informed comment on major trends, problems and successes; and recommendations for the future. The global issues chapters cover major habitats and species groups, governmental, education and legal issues, fisheries effects, remote sensing, climate change and management.
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E. Naylor, School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales-Bangor, U.K. ...The editor and authors are to be congratulated for their achievement in compiling these volumes which offer a wealth of well-sourced information and ideas as a basis for further debate concerning regional comparisons and spread of best practice in coastal zone management. The books should be an invaluable worldwide reference source for higher education establishments and research organizations concerned with marine environmental science, fisheries, oceanography and engineering, for industrialists concerned with coastal zone development, and for marine policy makers worldwide. They should also be a required source of information for all national and international aid agencies, and should be of high priority in book presentations provided as part of aid programmes to developing nations. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 53, 123-124 J. Albaiges, CID-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain ...This impressive work provides a comprehensive review of the many environmental issues that should be taken into account, at global and regional levels, for a successful and sustainable use of our seas in the decades to come. The editorial aspects have been carefully handled. Comprehensive maps for each region, updated statistics and references (until the year 2000) and a very extensive subject index (about 100 pages) are provided. This is, in summary, an invaluable source of information for academics both as a reference and teaching tool, and for all researchers and policy makers with an interest in marine environmental sciences, oceanography and marine engineering. Int'l Journal Environ. Anal. Chemistry, Vol. 80 ...Comprising three massive volumes and over 100 chapters this publication provides almost an encyclopaedia of the seas of the world. It provides a kind of balance sheet of the world's aquatic assets as at the turn of the millennium. For anyone researching the seas, for any purpose, this provides a very good place to start. ...there is no doubt the three books will quickly become a classic of their time. They will provide researchers with enormous amounts of valuable information for many years to come. Aquacult. Plan Houtman Abr. Isl. ...this is an excellent reference resource; one worth lobbying budget holders and senior librarians to consider taking. Marine Turtle Newsletter No. 93 ...will need to be included in any serious marine libraries anywhere in the world. Work Boat World M. Stachowitsch ...I can only hope that this series will find its place in every reference library and on the desks of those scientists and managers whose input will help decide the fate of our seas. Marine Ecology ... there is no doubt the series of three books will quickly become a classic of their time. They will provide researchers with enormous amounts of valuable information for many years to come. ... an invaluable reference which will need to be included in any serious marine libraries anywhere in the world. Asia Pacific Shipping G. Jones ...an invaluable source of information for academics both as a reference and teaching tool, and for all researchers and policy makers with an interest in marine environmental sciences, oceanography and marine engineering Australian Marine Sciences Association Bulletin This series represents a monumental undertaking and is an invaluable source of information as a reference and teaching tool. Northeastern Naturalist, 2005
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