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Marine Geography - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128159910

Marine Geography

1st Edition

Ocean Space and Sense of Place

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Author: Barbara Bischof
Paperback ISBN: 9780128159910
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 1st June 2021
Page Count: 350
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Marine Geography: Ocean Space and Sense of Place advances the field of marine geography to begin to define it as a unique subdiscipline of geographic thought, and demonstrates how core theory and perspectives must be tweaked to be effective in approaching geographic challenges such as natural resource management, fisheries, coastal development, marine environmental research and exploration, mobilities and legal issues of boundaries and enforcement, and any topics that include human-nature interactions in this space. It provides the geographic theories that must be adjusted and highlights unique spatial characteristics that must be accommodated appropriately to be applied towards issues in marine and coastal systems including boundary-making, dimensions, cultures of science/technologies, access, social constructions, and place vs space. This book lays out ways in which ocean space has been organized by humans and how we have determined boundaries and boundary systems in ocean space.

Though Marine Geography: Ocean Space and Sense of Place serves as a reference for a university-level course in marine and coastal geography, it also expands to other disciplines that contain a spatial component including environmental science, maritime industries, political science and international relations, policy professionals, natural resource management, planning/management organizations, and other fields that deal with marine or maritime spaces as an aspect of their focus.

Key Features

  • Offers ways to define ocean geographies as a view from within contexts of ocean systems rather than a view from land that is simply extended seaward
  • Establishes a strategy to adapt or reframe core theories in both human and physical geography to address marine systems specifically and propose a start to a formal sub-discipline of marine and coastal geography
  • Suggests an appropriate theoretical lens system with which to organize ocean regions by core topics of both human and physical geographic theory
  • Provides a picture of geographic features unique to ocean systems
  • Lays the foundation for a distinct geography of marine spaces that can be used to confront issues such as marine natural resource management, science and exploration, communication, trade, boundaries, and governance


Students studying marine science and ecology, oceanography geography, marine resource management, marine policy, mapping, environmental management, regional geopolitics, and coastal infrastructure

Table of Contents

Part I - Reframing Core Geographic Concepts: How To Think About Ocean Space
1. Materiality
2. Boundaries and Boundary-Making
3. Knowledge of Oceans: Ways of Knowing
4. Social Constructions and Perceptions of Ocean and Coastal Space
5. Place and Space in Oceans
6. Representations and Mapping: Charts & Maps

Part II - Physical Marine Geography: Zones and Regions
7. Geological
8. Physical
9. Chemical
10. Biological
11. Cartographic

Part III - Human Marine Geography: Making Place in Ocean Space
12. Organizing Ocean Space: Maps, Boundaries, and Rule-Making
13. Appropriating Ocean Space: Cultures, Knowledge, and Oceans

Part IV - The Seven Seas: Ocean Regional Geography and Maritime Culture Systems
14. North Atlantic
15. South Atlantic
16. North Pacific
17. South Pacific
18. Arctic
19. Indian Ocean
20. Southern Ocean


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About the Author

Barbara Bischof

Barbara Bischof is a seasoned academic researcher, program manager, policy analyst, and science and technical communications specialist. She has extensive expertise and field experience in environmental science, specifically in marine and coastal conservation policy and management issues, environmental research methodologies, project development and monitoring, policy compliance, geographic theory, and data management. She is an editorial board member for the Journal of Ocean & Coastal Management and has published numerous papers in the area of marine science and geographic oceanography.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geography and Environmental Science, Stetson University, Florida, USA

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