Perspectives on the Restoration of the Mississippi Delta

Perspectives on the Restoration of the Mississippi Delta

Author: John W. Day

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789401787338

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 194

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Human impacts and emerging mega-trends such as climate change and energy scarcity will impact natural resource management in this century. This is especially true for deltas because of their ecological and economic importance and their sensitivity to climate change. The Mississippi delta is one of the largest in the world and has been strongly impacted by human activities. Currently there is an ambitious plan for restoration of the delta. This book, by a renown group of delta experts, provides an overview of the challenges facing the delta and charts - a way forward to sustainable management.

Perspectives on the Restoration of the Mississippi Delta

Perspectives on the Restoration of the Mississippi Delta

Author: John Day

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9402407596

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 194

View: 104

Human impacts and emerging mega-trends such as climate change and energy scarcity will impact natural resource management in this century. This is especially true for deltas because of their ecological and economic importance and their sensitivity to climate change. The Mississippi delta is one of the largest in the world and has been strongly impacted by human activities. Currently there is an ambitious plan for restoration of the delta. This book, by a renown group of delta experts, provides an overview of the challenges facing the delta and charts - a way forward to sustainable management.

Mississippi Delta Restoration

Mississippi Delta Restoration

Author: John W. Day

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319656632

Category: Science

Page: 260

View: 112

This book is a new and provocative treatment dealing with and defining sustainable pathways for the restoration of the Mississippi Delta. Based on a consideration of natural functioning of the Mississippi delta, factors that led to its severe deterioration, and major global trajectories of the 21st century, the authors investigate possible future pathways for sustainable management of the delta. They consider current conditions as well as future trajectories of climate and energy and resource scarcity. The book concludes that without profound changes of how humans live in and manage the delta, sustainability of the delta will be profoundly compromised.

Coasts and Estuaries

Coasts and Estuaries

Author: Eric Wolanski

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780128140048

Category: Science

Page: 726

View: 909

Coasts and Estuaries: The Future provides valuable information on how we can protect and maintain natural ecological structures while also allowing estuaries to deliver services that produce societal goods and benefits. These issues are addressed through chapters detailing case studies from estuaries and coastal waters worldwide, presenting a full range of natural variability and human pressures. Following this, a series of chapters written by scientific leaders worldwide synthesizes the problems and offers solutions for specific issues graded within the framework of the socio-economic-environmental mosaic. These include fisheries, climate change, coastal megacities, evolving human-nature interactions, remediation measures, and integrated coastal management. The problems faced by half of the world living near coasts are truly a worldwide challenge as well as an opportunity for scientists to study commonalities and differences and provide solutions. This book is centered around the proposed DAPSI(W)R(M) framework, where drivers of basic human needs requires activities that each produce pressures. The pressures are mechanisms of state change on the natural system and Impacts on societal welfare (including well-being). These problems then require responses, which are the solutions relating to governance, socio-economic and cultural measures (Scharin et al 2016). Covers estuaries and coastal seas worldwide, integrating their commonality, differences and solutions for sustainability Includes global case studies from leading worldwide contributors, with accompanying boxes highlighting a synopsis about a particular estuary and coastal sea, making all information easy to find Presents full color images to aid the reader in a better understanding of details of each case study Provides a multi-disciplinary approach, linking biology, physics, climate and social sciences

Salt Marshes

Salt Marshes

Author: Duncan M. FitzGerald

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107186286

Category: Nature

Page: 499

View: 914

A multidisciplinary review of salt marshes, describing how they function and respond to external pressures such as sea-level rise.

Louisiana's Response to Extreme Weather

Louisiana's Response to Extreme Weather

Author: Shirley Laska

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030272050

Category: Nature

Page: 361

View: 842

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book takes an in-depth look at Louisiana as a state which is ahead of the curve in terms of extreme weather events, both in frequency and magnitude, and in its responses to these challenges including recovery and enhancement of resiliency. Louisiana faced a major tropical catastrophe in the 21st century, and experiences the fastest rising sea level. Weather specialists, including those concentrating on sea level rise acknowledge that what the state of Louisiana experiences is likely to happen to many more, and not necessarily restricted to coastal states. This book asks and attempts to answer what Louisiana public officials, scientists/engineers, and those from outside of the state who have been called in to help, have done to achieve resilient recovery. How well have these efforts fared to achieve their goals? What might these efforts offer as lessons for those states that will be likely to experience enhanced extreme weather? Can the challenges of inequality be truly addressed in recovery and resilience? How can the study of the Louisiana response as a case be blended with findings from later disasters such as New York/New Jersey (Hurricane Sandy) and more recent ones to improve understanding as well as best adaptation applications – federal, state and local?

River to Reservoir

River to Reservoir

Author: P. Corbett

Publisher: Geological Society of London

ISBN: 9781786204318

Category: Science

Page: 297

View: 683

This volume brings together a number of papers from two workshops with the theme, ‘Rain, Rivers, Reservoirs’, which considered the dynamic changes to river systems as part of natural processes, particularly changing climatic conditions. Bringing researchers from two different locations to Brazil and the UK allowed scientists to contribute to and promote, ‘debate on current research…on how the planet works and how we can live sustainably on it’. This volume features a series of papers on the geoscience of modern and ancient rivers from across the world (Brazil, United States, Spain, Argentina, Canada, India and the UK), their evolution through time, their management, their deposits and their engineering, with both subsurface aquifers/hydrocarbon reservoirs (of Carboniferous, Triassic and Cretaceous age) and surface reservoirs considered.

Sustainable Coastal Design and Planning

Sustainable Coastal Design and Planning

Author: Elizabeth Mossop

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780429856570

Category: Nature

Page: 450

View: 385

As different parts of the globe deal with the challenges of coastal settlements in the Anthropcene landscape of increasing uncertainty, the methods of design offer new strategies for developing and testing solutions. These complex problems require collaboration across disciplines, with scientists, planners, engineers, designers, and others able to work together in finding new ways of living in coastal and changing landscapes. Sustainable Coastal Design and Planning is an outstanding collection of essays by leading practitioners and academics from across the globe on design and planning for coastal resilience in the face of climate change. It thoroughly explores the questions of coastal change at different scales and provides international case studies that illustrate diverse strategies in different geographies and cultures. Taken as a whole, they canvas a broad palette of approaches and techniques for engaging these complex problems. Divided in two parts, this book focuses on how to develop solutions through multidisciplinary design thinking and informs all stakeholders on specific methods and practices that will be needed to work effectively in this dynamic space.

Deltas and Humans

Deltas and Humans

Author: Thomas S. Bianchi

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190627706

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 884

Humans have had a long relationship with the ebb and flow of tides on river deltas around the world. The fertile soils of river deltas provided early human civilizations with a means of farming crops and obtaining seafood from the highly productive marshes and shallow coastal waters associated with deltas. However, this relationship has at times been both nurturing and tumultuous for the development of early civilizations. The vicissitudes of seasonal changes in river flooding events as well as frequently shifting deltaic soils made life for these early human settlements challenging. These natural transient processes that affect the supply of sediments to deltas today are in many ways very similar to what they have been over the millennia of human settlements. But something else has been altered in the natural rhythm of these cycles. The massive expansion of human populations around the world in both the lower and upper drainage basins of these large rivers have changed the manner in which sediments and water are delivered to deltas. Because of the high density of human populations found in these regions, humans have developed elaborate hydrological engineering schemes in an attempt to "tame" these deltas. The goal of this book is to provide information on the historical relationship between humans and deltas that will hopefully encourage immediate preparation for coastal management plans in response to the impending inundation of major cities, as a result of global change around the world.

America’s Most Sustainable Cities and Regions

America’s Most Sustainable Cities and Regions

Author: John W. Day

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781493932436

Category: Science

Page: 348

View: 385

This book takes you on a unique journey through American history, taking time to consider the forces that shaped the development of various cities and regions, and arrives at an unexpected conclusion regarding sustainability. From the American Dream to globalization to the digital and information revolutions, we assume that humans have taken control of our collective destinies in spite of potholes in the road such as the Great Recession of 2007-2009. However, these attitudes were formed during a unique 100-year period of human history in which a large but finite supply of fossil fuels was tapped to feed our economic and innovation engine. Today, at the peak of the Oil Age, the horizon looks different. Cities such as Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas are situated where water and other vital ecological services are scarce, and the enormous flows of resources and energy that were needed to create the megalopolises of the 20th century will prove unsustainable. Climate change is a reality, and regional impacts will become increasingly severe. Economies such as Las Vegas, which are dependent on discretionary income and buffeted by climate change, are already suffering the fate of the proverbial canary in the coal mine. Finite resources will mean profound changes for society in general and the energy-intensive lifestyles of the US and Canada in particular. But not all regions are equally vulnerable to these 21st-century megatrends. Are you ready to look beyond “America’s Most Livable Cities” to the critical factors that will determine the sustainability of your municipality and region? Find out where your city or region ranks according to the forces that will impact our lives in the next years and decades. Find out how: ·resource availability and ecological services shaped the modern landscape ·emerging megatrends will make cities and regions more or less livable in the new century ·your city or region ranks on a “sustainability” map of the United States ·urban metabolism puts large cities at particular risk ·sustainability factors will favor economic solutions at a local, rather than global, level ·these principles apply to industrial economies and countries globally. This book should be cited as follows: J. Day, C. Hall, E. Roy, M. Moersbaecher, C. D'Elia, D. Pimentel, and A. Yanez. 2016. America's most sustainable cities and regions: Surviving the 21st century megatrends. Springer, New York. 348 p.

Fish and Fisheries in Estuaries

Fish and Fisheries in Estuaries

Author: Alan K. Whitfield

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119705352

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 1104

View: 962

Das zweibändige Werk Fish and Fisheries in Estuaries: A Global Perspective enthält eine Darstellung des aktuellen Wissensstandes über Fische in Ästuaren. In Beiträgen von mehr als fünfzig international anerkannten Forschern und Experten für Ichthyologie in Ästuaren präsentiert dieses wegweisende Übersichtswerk die Themen Fischbestände und funktionelle Gruppen, Rekrutierung und Produktion in Ästuaren, Ernährungsökologie und trophische Dynamik, Erhaltung von Fischen in Ästuaren und viele mehr. In dreizehn ausführlichen Kapiteln werden die wichtigsten Aspekte zu Fischen und Fischerei in Ästuaren rund um die Welt beschrieben. Es wird die Biologie der Fische in Ästuargewässern und ihre Verbindung zu den dortigen Ökosystemen betrachtet, und es wird analysiert, wie sich die menschengemachte Industrialisierung und globale Ereignisse wie der Klimawandel auf einheimische und andere Arten auswirken. Weitere Themen sind die Vielfalt der Lebensräume, das Verhalten von Fischen bei der Nahrungssuche, Instrumente und Modelle der Umwelttechnik, Gefahren und Risiken für Fische und Fischerei in Ästuaren sowie die Gesundheit der Umwelt in Ästuaren. Dieses maßgebliche Referenzwerk enthält detaillierte Informationen über die Biologie und Ökologie von Fischen und Fischerei in Ästuaren und bietet außerdem: * Eine Betrachtung aktueller Ansätze und künftiger Forschungsrichtungen, die darauf abzielen, ein Gleichgewicht zwischen der Nutzung und der Erhaltung von Fischen in Ästuaren zu erreichen * Eine Erörterung der Umweltqualitätsziele sowie der nachhaltigen Fischerei und Bewirtschaftung der Ästuare * Eine Untersuchung, wie sich die zunehmende Nutzung von Ressourcen wie Nahrung, Raum und Wasser durch den Menschen auf die Fischerei in den Ästuaren auswirkt * Zahlreiche internationale Fallstudien zum Fischereimanagement, zu bedrohten Arten, zur Sanierung von Ästuaren, zur Fortpflanzung und Ontogenese und weiteren Themen * Eine Darstellung der Studien- und Probenahmeverfahren, der Feldausrüstung sowie der Verarbeitung, Analyse und Interpretation der Daten Das Werk Fish and Fisheries in Estuaries: A Global Perspective ist ein unverzichtbares Hilfsmittel und eine Referenzquelle für Fischbiologen, Fischereiwissenschaftler, Ökologen und Umweltwissenschaftler, Gewässerökologen, Naturschutzbiologen sowie Studierende der höheren Semester und Dozenten im Bereich Fischbiologie und Fischerei.