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New Book on Estuaries Edited by NHEERL Scientist

Estuaries: Classification, Ecology and Human Impacts, published by Nova in June 2012, was edited by Stephen J. Jordan of NHEERL’s Gulf Ecology Division (GED). Dr. Jordan is currently on detail to the NHEERL Research Planning and Coordination Staff as Assistant Laboratory Director for Safe and Sustainable Water Resources. Seven of the book’s 14 chapters have lead authors from GED.

Here is a description of the book. “Estuaries are minor geographical features at the global scale, but have major importance for society and the world’s economies. This book, with case studies from three continents, offers a perspective on estuaries as ecosystems that are intimately linked to society in both positive and negative ways. As focal points of trade, industry, energy production, fisheries, and tourism, estuaries provide a bounty of services to society; they are also centers of human population and vulnerable to the accompanying environmental stresses. This book covers a wide range of topics, from the definition and classification of estuaries, to chemical and physical properties, ecological processes, habitat values, fisheries, and tools for improving management and policy.”

Additional information, including the table of contents and online access to selected chapters, can be found at https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=30113.

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