The Beach Book: Science of the Shore by Carl Hobbs

The Beach Book: Science of the Shore

byCarl Hobbs

Kobo ebook | June 12, 2012

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Waves and tides, wind and storms, sea-level rise and shore erosion: these are the forces that shape our beaches, and beach lovers of all stripes can benefit from learning more about how these coastal processes work. With animation and clarity, The Beach Book tells sunbathers why beaches widen and narrow, and helps boaters and anglers understand why tidal inlets migrate. It gives home buyers insight into erosion rates and provides natural-resource managers and interested citizens with rich information on beach nourishment and coastal-zone development. And for all of us concerned about the long-term health of our beaches, it outlines the latest scientific information on sea-level rise and introduces ways to combat not only the erosion of beaches but also the decline of other coastal habitats.

The more we learn about coastline formation and maintenance, Carl Hobbs argues, the better we can appreciate and cultivate our shores. Informed by the latest research and infused with a passion for its subject, The Beach Book provides a wide-ranging introduction to the shore, and all of us who love the beach and its associated environments will find it timely and useful.

Carl H. Hobbs is a professor of marine science at Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary. His research interests include coastal geology and processes, the geologic history of the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding region, marine archaeology, and the environmental consequences of marine sand mining and b...
Title:The Beach Book: Science of the ShoreFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 12, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231504136

ISBN - 13:9780231504133

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Table of Contents

1. Beaches
2. Wind
3. Waves
4. Tides
5. Sediments
6. Barrier Islands and Tidal Inlets
7. Sand Dunes and Salt Marshes
8. Sea Level and Sea-Level Rise
9. Storms and Storm Surges
10. Erosion and Shore Protection
Appendix 1. Units of Speed: Approximate Conversion Factors
Appendix 2. Beaufort Scale
Appendix 3. Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

Editorial Reviews

a good comprehensive introduction to the shore...