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

Vol. 1 Classification of estuarine and nearshore coastal ecosystems
C Simenstad (University of Washington, USA) and T Yanagi (Kyushu University, Japan)

Introduction to Classification of Estuarine and Nearshore Coastal Ecosystems | Global Variability in Estuaries and Coastal Settings | Tectonic and Geomorphic Evolution of Estuaries and Coasts | Classes of Nearshore Coasts | Classification of Estuarine Circulation | Variation among Estuarine Geochemistry and Productivity | Ecosystem and Biotic Classifications of Estuaries and Coasts | Classifying Ecological Quality and Integrity of Estuaries | Application of Estuarine and Coastal Classifications in Marine Spatial Management | Resource Base: Global Distribution and Characteristics of Estuaries and Associated Coastal Shores

Vol. 2 Water and fine sediment circulation
RJ Uncles (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK) and SG Monismith (Stanford University, USA)

Water and Fine-Sediment Circulation | Turbulence and Stratification in Estuaries and Coastal Seas | The Dynamics of Strongly Stratified Estuaries | Small-Scale Surface Fronts in Estuaries | Residual Circulation, Mixing, and Dispersion | Free Surface Motion: Tides, Seiches, and Sub-Tidal Variations Large Estuaries (Effects of Rotation) | Dynamics of Hypersaline Estuaries: Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico | Wind Stresses on Estuaries | Waves in Coastal and Estuarine Waters | Interactions between Estuaries and Coasts: River Plumes – Their Formation, Transport, and Dispersal | Coastal Circulation | Flow Over and Through Biota | Biological Influences on Sediment Behavior and Transport | The Physical Analyses of Muddy Sedimentation Processes | Measurement Technologies – Measure What, Where, Why, and How? | Modeling of Estuarine and Coastal Waters

Vol. 3 Estuarine and coastal geology and geomorphology
JD Hansom (University of Glasgow, UK) and BW Flemming (Senckenber


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