JCU’s Professor Eric Wolanski has just published the second edition of “Coastal Wetlands- An Integrated Ecosystem Approach”. The book, co-edited by world experts in coastal ecosystems Gerardo Perillo (Instituto Argentino de Oceanografía), Donald Cahoon (U.S. Geological Survey at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center), and Charles Hopkinson (University of Georgia, USA), is an update of the 2009 version and provides an understanding of the functioning of coastal ecosystems and the ecological services that they provide.
Coastal wetlands (mangroves, seagrass, tidal flats, tidal marshes, salt marshes and seasonal Arctic wetlands) are under a great deal of pressure globally from the dual forces of rising sea levels and the intervention of human populations, both along the estuary and in the river catchment. Such impacts include the destruction or degradation of wetlands from land reclamation and infrastructures, impacts from the discharge of pollutants, changes in river flows and sediment supplies, land clearing, and dam operations. This book quantifies all these impacts.
This book also provides an understanding of the functioning of coastal ecosystems and the ecological services that they provide as well as suggestions for their sustainable management based on practical experience.
The adjunct Professor within the College of Science and Engineering and Centre for Tropical and Aquatic Research (TropWATER) says that: “It brings together some of the most recent work on modeling wetland survival in the face of climate change, sea level rise and dwindling sediment supplies. It describes the latest knowledge on restoration, and the what, where, how, why of success/failure”
The book is available for purchase at https://www.elsevier.com/books/coastal-wetlands/perillo/978-0-444-63893-9 and soon to be borrowed at the JCU library.