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Featured Books—August 2014 Issue


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The Land/Ocean Interactions in the
Coastal Zone of West and Central Africa


Edited by Salif Diop, Jean-Paul Barusseau and Cyr Descamps
Hardcover. 210 pp. Springer. $179


This book primarily focuses on estuaries; however, the scope of the text reaches beyond one aspect of the coast. Estuaries are susceptible to stress from humans and nature because they are a part of a riverís life cycle. In West and Central Africa, the rivers and deltas have an integral role in supporting the needs of the coastal population. These bodies of water provide charcoal and wood, tourism, agriculture and a habitat for marine life. The text puts an emphasis on mangroves and the necessity to preserve these areas that protect communities from storms, retain nutrients and support the economy.

Polar Oceans Governance in an
Era of Environmental Change


By Tim Stephens and David L. VanderZwaag
Hardcover. 384 pp. Edward Elgar Publishing. $137.75


The oceans at the far reaches of the Earth, the polar regions, are undergoing a transformation due to climate change. This book takes a look at how these regions are being managed as well as some of the economic and political challenges the poles face. Using institutions at both the global and regional levels as a guide, this text highlights opportunities for advancement in the governance of these regions. Scholars, students and policy makers can all use this book as a resource.

Understanding the Connections Between Coastal Waters and Ocean Ecosystem Services And Human Health: Workshop Summary

Edited by Rose Marie Martinez and Erin Rusch
Paperback. 144 pp. National Academies Press. $46


The interaction of ecosystem services and health is the main focus of Understanding the Connections Between Coastal Waters and Ocean Ecosystem Services and Human Health. The role of the oceans in human health and the status of science and research on this topic are covered. The text also points out potential areas for further research. The coasts are essential to the well-being of society, and the major obstacles that would prevent the oceans from providing these resources are discussed.


Blue Urbanism: Exploring Connections Between Cities and Oceans

By Timothy Beatley
Paperback. 214 pp. Island Press. $21.92

A rising sea level has been causing coastal communities to think differently about planning and development. In his book, Timothy Beatley discusses changing the way urban planners view the relationship between cities and the ocean. Land use, renewable energy and city planning are outlined. Citing major international cities, Beatley offers examples of regions where the attitude toward the oceans is changing and a culture focused on preserving marine life is emerging.



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