Beaches: Erosion, Management Practices and Environmental Implications


Margaret Cessa (Editor)

Series: Environmental Health – Physical, Chemical and Biological Factors
BISAC: NAT045050

Sandy beaches are the most abundant coastal systems worldwide, representing approximately ¾ of the worlds’ coastlines. In the last decades, these sensitive and dynamic ecosystems have been a target of an increasing human pressure, associated with an unbridled urbanization of coastal areas, caused by high human population growth, but also associated with recreational activities and tourism. Together with global climatic changes and coastal erosion, these processes lead to detrimental impacts and an environmental quality decline of sandy beach ecosystems, imposing an increasing need for adequate assessment and management practices.

This book discusses the El Niño-Southern oscillation and coastal response; macrofaunal key species as useful tools in management and assessment practices on sandy beaches; improving coastal knowledge transfer between researchers and managers; the influence of environmental aspects in the variation of natural radioactivity levels in selected Brazilian beach sand samples; nuisance algal blooms; and downcoast erosion triggered by exhaustion of sand supply from sea cliffs. (Imprint: Novinka )


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and Coastal Response: An Overview with Examples from Southern California and the Gulf of Mexico
(David A. Pepper, American Public University System, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Charles Town, WV, US)

Commentary: Macrofaunal Key Species as Useful Tools in Management and Assessment Practices on Sandy Beaches
(Sílvia C. Gonçalves, João C. Marques, IMAR – Marine and Environmental Research Centre, Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, Largo Marquês de Pombal, Coimbra, Portugal, and others)

Improving Coastal Knowledge Transfer between Researchers and Managers: A Two-Way Route
(M. M. Carapuço, R. Taborda, C. Andrade, M. C. Freitas, Instituto Dom Luiz, University of Lisbon, Campo Grande, Lisbon, Portugal, and others)

The Influence of Environmental Aspects in the Variation of Natural Radioactivity Levels in Selected Brazilian Beach Sand Samples
(Lívia F. Barros, Brigitte R.S. Pecequilo, Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN-CNEN/SP) Av. Professor Lineu Prestes 2242, Cidade Universitária, São Paulo, Brazil)

Nuisance Algal Blooms
(E. Pip, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Downcoast Erosion Triggered by Exhaustion of Sand Supply from Sea Cliffs: An Example of Northern Kujukuri Beach in Japan
(Takaaki Uda, Public Works Research Center, Taito, Tokyo, Japan)
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