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Featured Books—June 2014 Issue

Coastal Management in the Face of Climate Change

By Dominic Reeve
Hardcover. 200 pp. Imperial College Press. $83.60

Government agencies are going to need to adapt to new methods of defense against the sea, including updating management practices and monitoring efforts. This text outlines developments throughout the past two decades in assessing how a coastal region defends its shoreline. The book introduces basic management practices and addresses how decisions are often made without complete information. Monitoring beaches, predicting wave conditions and estimating changes to the configuration of a beach are all discussed throughout the text. Engineers and managers of coastal regions will find this book useful.

Ecoregions: The Ecosystem Geography Of the Oceans and Continents

Robert G. Bailey
Hardcover. 180 pp. Springer. $78.84

Ecological zones are changing because of global warming and human impact on the environment. This text describes these major zones in a classification system that is used by several major organizations. It discusses how regional patterns could be used to identify the effects of climate change on how ecosystems are distributed. Including two color maps and more than 100 illustrations, this second edition features several new chapters and topics for discussion.

Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves

By James Nestor
Hardcover. 272 pp. Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $17.08

Inspired by a freediver during a journalism assignment in Greece, James Nestor became intrigued with freediving and began learning about the practice. Nestor discovers some of the little-known inhabitants of the ocean, from its surface to 35,000 feet below. The scientists and extreme athletes he encounters are transforming our understanding of the oceans and the limits of the human mind and body.

Stress in Mammals: The Potential Influence Of Fishery-Induced Stress on Dolphins In the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean

By U.S. Department of Commerce
Paperback. 128 pp. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. $16.01

In the tropical Pacific Ocean, fishing practices may be causing stress on dolphins, raising concerns about the survival of the marine mammals in this region. Research dictated by the International Dolphin Conservation Program Act was published in this review. It takes a look at the tuna purse-seine fishery that could be responsible for the stress and the physical and behavioral reactions of the dolphins. Impaired reproduction and compromised immune systems were found to be effects on the dolphin population.

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