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Title Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond / Eric Wolanski, editor
Published Dordrecht : Springer Science+Business Media, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 292 pages) : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps, colour charts
Series Estuaries of the world, 2214-1553
Estuaries of the world.
Contents 1. Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond: A synthesis / Eric Wolanski and Jean-Paul Ducrotoy -- PART I. Estuaries that bore the full pressure of the historical developments -- 2. Sydney Estuary, Australia: Geology, anthropogenic development and hydrodynamic processes/attributes / Serena B. Lee, and Gavin F. Birch -- 3. The Murray/Coorong Estuary. Meeting of the Waters? / Jochen Kämpf, and Diane Bell -- 4. Port Phillip Bay / Joe Sampson, Alan Easton and Manmohan Singh -- 5. The Tamar Estuary, Tasmania / Joanna C. Ellison and Matthew R. Sheehan -- PART II. Estuaries being degraded -- 6. Gold Coast Broadwater: Southern Moreton Bay, Southeast Queensland (Australia) / Ryan J.K. Dunn, Nathan J. Waltham, Nathan P. Benfer, Brian A. King, Charles J. Lemckert, and Sasha Zigic -- 7. Hydrodynamics and sediment transport in a macro-tidal estuary: Darwin Harbour, Australia / F.P. Andutta, X.H. Wang, Li Li, and D. Williams -- 8. The Ord River estuary: a regulated wet-dry tropical river system / Barbara J. Robson, Peter C. Gehrke, Michele Burford, Ian T. Webster, Andy T. Revill and Duncan W. Palmer -- 9. South Australia's Precious Inverse Estuaries: On the road to ruin / Jochen Kämpf -- 10. Turbulent Mixing and Sediment Processes in Peri-Urban Estuariesin South-East Queensland (Australia) / Hubert Chanson, Badin Gibbes, and Richard J. Brown -- 11. Hervey Bay and Its Estuaries / Joachim Ribbe -- 12. Moreton Bay and its estuaries: A sub-tropical system under pressure from rapid population growth / Badin Gibbes, Alistair Grinham, David Neil, Andrew Olds, Paul Maxwell, Rod Connolly, Tony Weber, Nicola Udy and James Udy -- 13. Water resource development and high value coastal wetlands on the lower Burdekin floodplain, Australia / Aaron M. Davis, Stephen E. Lewis, Dominique S. O'Brien, Zoë T. Bainbridge, Christie Bentley, Jochen F. Mueller and Jon E. Brodie -- 14. The Hawkesbury Estuary from 1950 to 2050 / Peter Collis -- PART III. Estuaries that are still relatively pristine -- 15. Deluge Inlet, a pristine small tropical estuary in north-eastern Australia / Marcus Sheaves, Kátya Abrantes, Ross Johnston -- 16. The Lower Mary River and flood plains / David Williams
Summary This book (the first in the collection) deals with a selection of estuaries which are characteristic of a whole continent: Australia. The country is so large that it spreads from the tropics (10th parallel) to the temperate zone in Tasmania. Estuaries themselves differ by an order of magnitude in terms of size; yet, they all have common properties and processes. In Australia, as anywhere else in the world, the coastal zone and its estuaries, large or small, are amongst the most endangered areas. Pollution, eutrophication, urbanisation, land reclamation, dams, irrigation, over-fishing and exploitation continuously threaten the future of some estuaries, which bear the full pressure of these developments. However, unaffected systems still exist in Australia and, if not strictly pristine, enjoy an exceptional ecological quality. In between these two categories, unfortunately some high-quality environments are currently being degraded because of loose management. The major challenge that humans face today is protecting estuaries, which benefit from a good ecological status, by managing their use. Preventing other systems to further degrade and restoring them require immediate action so that future generations can also enjoy the fantastic visual, cultural and edible products that they provide. Such an approach assumes that all users of the environment share views and are able to communicate wisely on the basis of robust science. Current changes in climate (e.g. temperature rise, sea-level rise, increased risks of floods and droughts and ocean acidification) may increase the risk of abrupt and non-linear changes in many estuarine ecosystems, which would affect their composition, function, biodiversity and productivity. In order to provide a solid scientific background to future debates, this book does not just attempt compiling case studies but puts into light best practice both in scientific research and coastal management
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Estuaries -- Australia.
Estuarine ecology.
Coastal ecology.
Ecohydrology.
Form Electronic book
Author Wolanski, Eric, editor
ISBN 9400770197 (electronic bk.)
9789400770195 (electronic bk.)