Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science

1st Edition

Editor-in-Chiefs: Donald McLusky Eric Wolanski
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123747112
eBook ISBN: 9780080878850
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd March 2012
Page Count: 4590
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The study of estuaries and coasts has seen enormous growth in recent years, since changes in these areas have a large effect on the food chain, as well as on the physics and chemistry of the ocean. As the coasts and river banks around the world become more densely populated, the pressure on these ecosystems intensifies, putting a new focus on environmental, socio-economic and policy issues.

Written by a team of international expert scientists, under the guidance of Chief Editors Eric Wolanski and Donald McClusky, the Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science examines topics in depth, and aims to provide a comprehensive scientific resource for all professionals and students in the area of estuarine and coastal science

Key Features

  • Most up-to-date reference for system-based coastal and estuarine science and management, from the inland watershed to the ocean shelf
  • Chief editors have assembled a world-class team of volume editors and contributing authors
  • Approach focuses on the physical, biological, chemistry, ecosystem, human, ecological and economics processes, to show how to best use multidisciplinary science to ensure earth's sustainability
  • Provides a comprehensive scientific resource for all professionals and students in the area of estuarine and coastal science
  • Features up-to-date chapters covering a full range of topics


Researchers, advanced undergraduate and graduate students, engineers, professionals and others whose work or study concerns rivers, estuaries, and coastal seas.

Table of Contents


Volume Editors


Permission Acknowledgments

VOLUME 1. Classification of Estuarine and Nearshore Coastal Ecosystems

1.01. Introduction to Classification of Estuarine and Nearshore Coastal Ecosystems

Relevant Websites

Volume Editors: Biographies

1.02. Global Variability in Estuaries and Coastal Settings

Relevant Websites

1.03. Tectonic and Geomorphic Evolution of Estuaries and Coasts

1.04. Classes of Nearshore Coasts

Relevant Websites

1.05. Classification of Estuarine Circulation

1.06. Variation among Estuarine Geochemistry and Productivity

1.07. Ecosystem and Biotic Classifications of Estuaries and Coasts

Volume Editors: Biographies

1.08. Classifying Ecological Quality and Integrity of Estuaries

1.09. Application of Estuarine and Coastal Classifications in Marine Spatial Management

Relevant Websites

1.10. Resource Base

Relevant Websites

VOLUME 2. Water and Fine Sediment Circulation

2.01. Water and Fine-Sediment Circulation

Volume Editors: Biographies

2.02. Turbulence and Stratification in Estuaries and Coastal Seas


2.03. The Dynamics of Strongly Stratified Estuaries


2.04. Small-Scale Surface Fronts in Estuaries

2.05. Residual Circulation, Mixing, and Dispersion

2.06. Free Surface Motions


2.07. Large Estuaries (Effects of Rotation)

2.08. Dynamics of Hypersaline Estuaries

2.09. Wind Stresses on Estuaries

2.10. Waves in Coastal and Estuarine Waters

Further Reading

Relevant Websites

2.11. Interactions between Estuaries and Coasts

2.12. Coastal Circulation

Relevant Websites

2.13. Flow Over and Through Biota

2.14. Biological Influences on Sediment Behavior and Transport



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About the Editor-in-Chief

Donald McLusky

Dr. Donald McLusky was for many years a Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. He also served as the Head of Department and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen and a Ph.D. degree on estuarine eco-physiology from the University of Stirling. Whilst at Stirling his research interests were centred on the biology of the Forth estuary, with many studies of the intertidal fauna including the annelids, molluscs and crustaceans. For over 25 years he was responsible for the monitoring of the effects on the intertidal environment of a large petro-chemical complex at Grangemouth on the Forth. He also studied the impact of two marine oil terminals on the surrounding marine environment. He supervised the Ph.D. programmes of many young estuarine and marine scientists both at Stirling and also in Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Portugal. Away from Stirling University he was a Visiting fellow at the University of Copenhagen's marine laboratory at Helsingør on several occasions, as well as a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris, and Rivers State University, Nigeria. He was the Honorary Secretary of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) and remains their Trustee. He was a member of the Council of the Scottish Marine Biological Association, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Scottish Natural Heritage. He is the author of over 60 scientific papers on marine, estuarine and freshwater biology. He is the author of the well-established textbook The Estuarine Ecosystem, which is now in its 3rd edition, as well as Ecology of Estuaries, and the editor of several volumes including The Freshwaters of Scotland, North Sea – Estuarine Interactions and The Environment of the Estuary and Firth of Forth. He was the editor of the journal Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science for 10 years, from 2000.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Stirling, Scotland, UK

Eric Wolanski

Professor Eric Wolanski is an estuarine oceanographer at James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. His research interests range from the oceanography of coral reefs, mangroves, and muddy estuaries, to the interaction between physical and biological processes determining ecosystem health in tropical waters. He has 370 publications and reports. Eric is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Institution of Engineers Australia (ret.), and l’Acade´mie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer. He was awarded an Australian Centenary medal, a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Catholic University of Louvain and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association. Eric is an editor-in-chief of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Wetlands Ecology and Management, and the Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science. Eric is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Coastal Research, Journal of Marine Systems, Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology, and Continental Shelf Research. He is a member of the Scientific and Policy Committee of the Japan-based International Center for Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas, a Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a member of the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council.

Affiliations and Expertise

James Cook University & Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Queensland, Australia