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Case Studies in Oceanography and Marine Affairs

This is the last volume in the six-volume Open University set. Each volume is required by students as a relevant part of the Open University course but designed so that it can equally be used as an individual textbook. This volume differs from the others in the series in that it does not draw specifically upon traditional scientific disciplines. The first part of the book provides an historical review of the Law of the Sea culminating in the present day situation. The second part is devoted to two case studies, covering not only the scientific aspects of a particular oceanographic environment, but also the social, political and legal consequences and implications of human interactions with that environment. Each volume in this set is well laid out and copiously illustrated with full colour photographs. Questions to help develop arguments can be found in the text with answers provided at the back. Each chapter concludes with a summary to help consolidate understanding before proceeding with the next section.

For students of oceanography, geophysics, marine biology, geochemistry, sedimentology and marine law.


Published: October 1991

Imprint: Pergamon

ISBN: 978-0-08-036376-9


  • ...well written and very interetpiquing book to fulfil a specificl purpose in Oceanography
    Adam Cole-King, Marit Pol Magmt Vol 19 No 3, 1992


  • Chapter headings and selected sections: Marine Resources and Activities. The sea itself. Living resources. Physical resources. Energy from the oceans. Marine research. The basis of international regulation. A recipe for chaos? Summary. The Legal Background. Evolution of basic concepts. 20th century developments. The Aegean. Summary. The Present International Legal Regime. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Other contributions to maritime customary law. Disputes and their resolution. A look ahead. Summary. The Arctic Ocean: Ice, Oil and Sovereignty. Human settlement around the Arctic. The Arctic seas - who owns what? Hydrocarbons in the Arctic. The North-West Passage. The Arctic and climatic change. The polar Mediterranean: what does the future hold? Summary. The Galapagos: Islands of Variety and Change. The tectonic setting. The oceanographic setting. Life around the Galapagos. The Galapagos and El Nino. Galapagos corals: a clue to past climate. Exploration, exploitation and conservation: changing attitudes. Summary. Appendices. Suggested Further Reading. Answers and Comments to Questions. Acknowledgements. Index.


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