Coastal Environments Problems And Perspectives

Coastal Environments Problems And Perspectives
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Coastal Environments Problems And Perspectives

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Preface
There is an increasing public and academic interest in coastal environments and related problems because of natural disasters, sea level rise, marine ecosystem and mineral resources on one side, and industrial growth, population settlements etc. on the other side. Coastal environments display the impact of natural forces and processes on man and also the impact of man on the coastal environment. The exploitation of natural mineral resources, navigation and recreation activities are an integral part of the problems and perspectives of coastal environments. The main purpose of this volume is to highlight various processes, particularly sediment transport processes, coastal erosion and management, landform evolution and resources of the coastal region. The case studies are presented under each section. The availability of comprehensive basic scientific data is vital for effective coastal zone management. There are sixteen papers together on coastal resources, coastal landforms, coastal erosion, sediment transport and dredging and all these add the scientific information for coastal zone management. The last section of the volume comprises the papers on application of remote sensing in environmental studies and two assorted papers on surface run-off and flora of Gondwanaland. The causes for coastal erosion, the present scenario of erosion along Kerala and Karnataka coasts and the mitigation procedures have been explained in this book. The utility of seawalls and other protection structures in arresting coastal erosion has been discussed and debated in detail. The book is illustrated with line drawings and photographs wherever necessary. Each paper ends with definite conclusions and suggestions. The contributors for this volume are highly qualified and drawn from universities, academic and other research institutes and industry. We hope that this book will provide the useful information for students and researchers, and readers will enjoy the approach and style of this book.
K. S. Jayappa A. C. Narayana
Acknowledgements
We place on record our sincere thanks to the referees K.R. Subrahmanya, K.P. Thrivikramji, R. Tatavarti, J. Dattatri, K.R. Chandrashekar, Kusuma Nilakantan, K. Seshadri, N. Laxman, D. Mitra for critically going through the manuscripts and for valuable suggestions, which helped to improve the quality of the papers. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Indian Space Research Organization, and Mangalore University are gratefully acknowledged for the financial support for the seminar. Department of Ocean Development has extended partial financial support for publication of this volume. KSJ thanks Professors B. Hanumaiah and K.M. Kaveriappa, former and present Vice-Chancellors of Mangalore University, and K.R. Subrahmanya, former Chairman of the Department, for their encouragement and support. KSJ is also thankful to H. Gangadhar Bhat and G.T. Vijay Kumar for their help. Sincere thanks are also due to Avinash Kumar and Deepika for the assistance in processing this book.