The Oceans: Key Issues in Marine Affairs

  • Hance D. Smith

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 78)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Hance D. Smith
    Pages 1-4
  3. Hance D. Smith
    Pages 5-24
  4. E. D. Brown
    Pages 25-62
  5. G. H. Blake
    Pages 63-76
  6. J. Marcadon
    Pages 91-104
  7. H. J. Pickering
    Pages 105-144
  8. J. L. Suárez, G. González, S. Feria
    Pages 145-160
  9. R. C. Ballinger
    Pages 175-197
  10. Lewis M. Alexander
    Pages 215-230
  11. A. Vallega
    Pages 231-252
  12. Yu. G. Mikhaylichenko
    Pages 283-296
  13. Donald R. Rothwell
    Pages 297-311
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 313-327

About this book


HANCE D. SMITH 1. Introduction The millennium has been widely regarded as a time to take stock among other things, of the planet and its relationships with the people who inhabit it. Why this should be so is not always clear, apart from an apparent fixation with counting years. Further, the fact that the counting itself is based on the origins of the Christian religion is, for many, not of primary significance. Even if it is, counting in this way may still not be clear. And yet there are arguably sound reasons for taking stock at this time. Most obviously since the European 'industrial revolution' pressures on the environment caused by human activities have increased inexorably. At global level, over the past three decades in particular, environmental concerns have undoubtedly become a major political force. In a marine context, the Law of the Sea Convention concluded in 1982 is one manifestation of this. These pressures are in turn linked to technological and economic factors which are inextricably intertwined in any understanding of environmental impacts. Of special note are the implications of this for the exploitation of marine resources, in the periodic 'long waves' of economic expansion and contraction, each lasting for around or just over half a century, coupled with technological advances evident in the fishing and offshore oil industries in particular.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hance D. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CardiffUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6716-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2780-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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