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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