This valuable work, published in September 2000, provides a comprehensive review of the environmental condition of the seas of the world, sea by sea and region by region. It focuses on all aspects of man's interactions with the seas and with their biological and physical systems. The three volumes of Seas at the Millennium: an Environmental Evaluation cover issues of global and regional importance such as: biological description of the coast and continental shelf waters; development and use of the coast; landfill and its effects; pollutant discharges over time; effects of over-fishing; management methods and techniques used to ensure continued ecosystem functioning.

The relative importance of water-borne and airborne routes differ in different parts of the world, so routes and paths of pollutant movement in different areas will be examined and described in their local and global context. Each chapter is written by experts in the field. The regional chapters include: an historical overview of the area concerned in environmental terms; uses to which it has been put and to which it is put today; its current environmental status and major problems arising from human use of both the sea and its watershed; informed comment on major trends, problems and successes; and recommendations for the future. The global issues chapters cover major habitats and species groups, governmental, education and legal issues, fisheries effects, remote sensing, climate change and management.


For academics, researchers and policy makers with an interest in marine environmental sciences, oceanography and marine engineering.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Seas at the Millennium (C. Sheppard). Part 1. The seas around Greenland (F. Riget et al.). Norwegian coast (J. Skei et al.). The Faroe Islands (M. Dam et al.). The North Sea (J.-P. Ducrotoy et al.). The English Channel (A.D. Tappin, P.C. Reid). The Irish Sea (R. Hartnoll). The Baltic Sea: especially southern and eastern regions (J. Falandysz et al.). Baltic Sea, including Bothnian Sea and Bothnian Bay (L. Kautsky, N. Kautsky). North coast of Spain (I. Diez et al.). Southern Portugal: the Tagus and Sado estuaries (G. Cabeçadas et al.). Atlantic coast of southern Spain (C.J. Luque et al.). The Canary Islands (F. García Montelongo et al.). The Azores (B. Morton, J.C. Britton). Sargasso Sea and Bermuda (A.H. Knap et al.). The Aegean Sea (M. Dassenakis et al.). The coast of Israel, SE Mediterranean (B. Herut, B. Galil). Adriatic Sea and Tyrrhenian Sea (G. Cognetti et al.). Black Sea (G. Bakan, H. Büyükgüngör). Gulf of Maine Nova Scotia to Cape Cod (J. Pearce). New York Bight (J. Pearce). Chesapeake Bay: the United States' largest estuarine system (K. Mountford). North and South Carolina coasts (M.A. Mallin et al.). Gulf of Alaska (B.A. Wright et al.). Southern California (K.C. Schiff et al.). Florida Keys (P. Dustan). Bahamas (K.C. Buchan). The northern Gulf of Mexico (M.E. Pattillo, D.M. Nelson). Coastal management in Latin America (A. Yáñez-Arancibia). Southern Gulf of Mexico (G.F. Vázquez et al.). Pacific coast of Mexico (A.V. Botello et al.). Belize (A.R. Harborne et al.). Nicaragua: Caribbean coast (S.C. Jameson et al.). Nicaragua: Pacific coast (S.C. Jameson et al.). El Salvador (L. Cotsapas et al.). Jamaica (M. Vierros). Puerto Rico (J. Morelock et al.


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@from:E. Naylor, School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales-Bangor, U.K. @qu:...The editor and authors are to be congratulated for their achievement in compiling these volumes which offer a wealth of well-sourced information and ideas as a basis for further debate concerning regional comparisons and spread of best practice in coastal zone management. The books should be an invaluable worldwide reference source for higher education establishments and research organizations concerned with marine environmental science, fisheries, oceanography and engineering, for industrialists concerned with coastal zone development, and for marine policy makers worldwide. They should also be a required source of information for all national and international aid agencies, and should be of high priority in book presentations provided as part of aid programmes to developing nations. @source:Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 53, 123-124 @from:J. Albaiges, CID-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain @qu:...This impressive work provides a comprehensive review of the many environmental issues that should be taken into account, at global and regional levels, for a successful and sustainable use of our seas in the decades to come.
The editorial aspects have been carefully handled. Comprehensive maps for each region, updated statistics and references (until the year 2000) and a very extensive subject index (about 100 pages) are provided. This is, in summary, an invaluable source of information for academics both as a reference and teaching tool, and for all researchers and policy makers with an interest in marine environmental sciences, oceanography and marine engineering. @source:Int'l Journal Environ. Anal. Chemistry, Vol. 80 @qu:...Comprising three massive volumes and over 100 chapters this publication provides almost an encyclopaedia of the seas of the world. It provides a kind of balance sheet of t