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Environmental Oceanography: Topics and Analysis

Author(s): Daniel C Abel, Coastal Carolina University
Robert L McConnell, Professor Emeritus, University of Mary Washington
  • ISBN-13: 9780763763794
  • Paperback    312 pages      © 2010
Price: $134.95 US List
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Environmental Oceanography: Topics and Analysis takes an active learning approach to teaching environmental oceanography by focusing on case studies, critical analysis, and math literacy. Marine environmental issues are presented in self-contained analytical exercises. Information and questions on sustainability are integrated throughout and ask students to think critically about these pressing concerns. Appropriate for a wide range of readers, this resource works well as a stand-alone text, a lab-based course book, and as a supplement to main texts in oceanography and marine science for those who would like to add an active learning focus to their course. Environmental Oceanography is sure to engage and excite readers and prompt them to think critically about the relevant environmental issues facing the oceans today.

Features & Benefits

Presents the essential topics of environmental oceanography with introductory chapters on physical oceanography and marine ecology.

Principles of sustainability are introduced early in the text and are integrated throughout.

Focuses on timely and relevant issues, including global climate destabilization, the impact of population growth on coastal environments, marine pollution, and the state of marine fisheries.

Introduces the basic math needed to properly quantify environmental issues, while still retaining the scientific rigor necessary to gain insight into marine environmental issues.

Introductory chapters explain key aspects of critical thinking.

All issues contain media analyses that ask students to critically evaluate news reports on environmental issues.

Applicable Courses

The intended market for this book is major and non-major marine studies, traditional oceanography, marine biology, marine science, and even environmental science and sustainability courses.

Part  1  Introduction to Science and the Use of Information
  Chapter  1  Science as a Way of Knowing
  Chapter  2  Principles of Critical Thinking
  Chapter  3  The Role of Government
  Chapter  4  Knowledge, Opinions, and Logical Fallacies
Part  2  Principles of Oceanography
  Chapter  5  Towards Sustainable Oceans
  Chapter  6  Elements of Physical, Chemical, and Geological Oceanography
  Chapter  7  Essentials of Marine Ecology
Part  3  Human Population Growth
  Issue  1  Population Growth: Overview and Global Trends
  Issue  2  Coastal Population Growth: Bangladesh and Miami, FL
  Issue  3  What’s Up, Dock? Sustainable Coastal Development
Part  4  Global Climate Change
  Issue  4  What Causes Climate Change?
  Issue  5  Sea Level Rise
  Issue  6  Climate Change and the North Atlantic Circulation
  Issue  7  Is Global Warming Causing More Intense and Frequent Hurricanes?
Part  5  Marine Pollution
  Issue  8  Moms and (POPs): Toxic Chemicals in Seawater
  Issue  9  Just Cruisin’: The Environmental Impact of “Cities at Sea” and Cargo Ships
  Issue  10  Human Impacts on Estuaries
  Issue  11  Dead Zones
Part  6  Ecology of Large Marine Vertebrates
  Issue  12  Highly Migratory Fishes: Bluefin Tuna
  Issue  13  The Demise of Sharks
  Issue  14  Life Styles of the Large and Blubbery: Of Blue Whales and Krill
  Issue  15  Oceans Without Cetaceans
Part  7  Tropical Marine Ecosystems
  Issue  16  Coral Rocks! The Value of the World’s Coral Reefs
  Issue  17  W(h)ither the Mangroves?
Part  8  Fisheries and Aquaculture
  Issue  18  Catch of the Day: The State of Global Fisheries
  Issue  19  Bycatch or Bykill: Dolphin-Safe Tuna and Turtle-Safe Shrimp
  Issue  20  Tragedy of the Trawl: Clearcutting the Ocean Floor
  Issue  21  Can Aquaculture Replace Capture Fisheries?
Part  9  Invasive Species
  Issue  22  Veined Rapa Whelk in Chesapeake Bay
  Issue  23  Caulerpa in the Mediterranean
Part  10  Energy from the Ocean
  Issue  24  Renewable Energy From The Sea: Is It Limitless?
  Issue  25  Methane Hydrates - Energy Boom or Climate Bust?
  Appendix  1  Basic Environmental Math

Daniel C Abel-Coastal Carolina University

Dr. Daniel C. Abel is an Associate Professor of Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, where his research focuses on ecology of sharks along the southeast Atlantic coast.   He earned his Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is co-author of the textbooks Environmental Issues: An Introduction to Sustainability (3rd ed.) and Environmental Issues in Oceanography  (2nd ed.), and writes the weekly environmental column Sea Level for the Myrtle Beach Sun News. Dr. Abel is a Fellow of the SC Sustainable Universities Initiative and a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. He is the founding director of CCU’s Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative. He resides in Pawley’s Island, SC.

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Robert L McConnell-Professor Emeritus, University of Mary Washington

Dr Robert McConnell is a Senior Fellow with the U.S. Partnership, Education for Sustainable Development, and Professor (emeritus) of Environmental Science and Geology, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA. He is co-author of Environmental Issues, An Introduction to Sustainability (3rd ed.) and Environmental Issues in Oceanography (2nd ed.). He is also author of more than two dozen commentary articles in major newspapers such as the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Atlanta Constitution, Philadelphia Enquirer, and Richmond Times-Dispatch. He lives and works in Corvallis, Oregon

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