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Introduction to Coastal Processes and Geomorphology

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Written for anyone interested in coastal geomorphology, this is the complete guide to the processes at work on our coastlines and the resulting features seen in coastal systems across the world. Accessible to students from a range of disciplines, the quantitative approach of this book helps to build a solid understanding of wave and current processes that shape coastlines. From sandy beaches to coral reefs, the major coastal features are related to contemporary processes and to sea-level changes over the past 25,000 years. Key equations describing these processes and standard methods and instrumentation used to collect measurements are all presented in this wide-ranging overview. Designed to support a one- or two-semester course and grounded in current research, this second edition has been substantially updated and rewritten - featuring cutting-edge new topics, insights from new models and technologies, additional global examples and an enhanced package of online teaching materials.


'Given the impending challenges at the coast under the impacts of global climate change, it is heartening to encounter this well-presented text on the interaction of processes and sediment supply that provide the characteristics of the present coastal features. The writing style is that of being in the classroom and being exposed to the lectures on the topic, replete with background, a variety of perspectives, and areas of continued need for research. It is the essence of communication for the purpose of generating understanding and appreciating the vectors of change at many levels now and into the future. BRAVO!!'

Norbert Psuty - Rutgers University

'This substantially updated second edition is a well-balanced and authoritative introduction to a wide range of coastal systems, usefully supported by examples drawn from across the globe. Written by acknowledged coastal experts, the text is grounded in morphodynamics yet styled to allow easy access to a wide spectrum of readers, reaching out beyond coastal scientists to include those who manage the coast. The use of special interest boxes serves as an elegant device linking an understanding of morphodynamics to key coastal management issues. This book is an authoritative key text for all those with an interest in coastal processes and geomorphology.'

Jim Hansom - University of Glasgow

'The book … is more than a remarkable introduction to coastal geomorphology, building up with team synergy on the first edition published a few years ago … Written by three scientists that have contributed substantively, and still do, to the understanding of coasts and the geomorphic processes involved in the construction, shaping and reworking of coastal landforms, the second edition of this book finely crystallizes cutting-edge research in coastal geomorphology. The book … will be appealing to students and scholars from a range of disciplines. The text is well-balanced with good, clear diagrams and figures, and each chapter backed by up-to-date references and supplementary information on coastal processes in a box format. This book deserves to appear on your shelves. I will certainly recommend it to students and to colleagues.'

Edward Anthony - Centre Européen de Recherche et d'Enseignement des Géosciences de l'Environnement, Aix-Marseille University; Editor-in-Chief of Marine Geology

Review of the First Edition:'… combines an accessible yet scholarly treatment of the underlying processes with a broad range of interesting case studies. … Introduction to Coastal Processes and Geomorphology would certainly be my current choice for a course text in this field.'

Source: Geological Magazine

Praise for the First Edition:'This excellent book is both well-written and illustrated … it will more than satisfy undergraduate coastal geomorphology students yet it is also clear and accessible enough to be of great use to students from a range of disciplines … one of the best coastal geomorphology texts available.'

Jim Hansom - University of Glasgow

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