Tomorrow's Coasts: Complex and Impermanent

  • Lynn Donelson  Wright
  • C. Reid Nichols

Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Understanding Coastal Systems and Global Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lynn Donelson Wright, J. P. M. Syvitski, C. Reid Nichols
      Pages 3-23
    3. Lynn Donelson Wright, J. P. M. Syvitski, C. Reid Nichols
      Pages 25-46
    4. Lynn Donelson Wright, J. P. M. Syvitski, C. Reid Nichols
      Pages 47-57
    5. Lynn Donelson Wright, J. P. M. Syvitski, C. Reid Nichols
      Pages 59-68
    6. Lynn Donelson Wright, J. P. M. Syvitski, C. Reid Nichols, Julie Zinnert
      Pages 69-84
    7. Lynn Donelson Wright, J. P. M. Syvitski, C. Reid Nichols
      Pages 85-99
  3. Causal Processes, Their Consequences and Their Mitigation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Lynn Donelson Wright, Donald T. Resio, C. Reid Nichols
      Pages 103-118
    3. C. Reid Nichols, Julie Zinnert, Donald R. Young
      Pages 119-136
    4. Lynn Donelson Wright, Wei Wu, James Morris
      Pages 137-150
    5. Lynn Donelson Wright, Christopher F. D’Elia, C. Reid Nichols
      Pages 151-166
    6. J. Livingston, N. Woiwode, M. Bortman, S. McAfee, K. McLeod, S. Newkirk et al.
      Pages 167-189
  4. Case Studies of Threatened and Vulnerable Coasts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Lynn Donelson Wright, Wei Wu
      Pages 193-205
    3. Lynn Donelson Wright, Christopher F. D’Elia
      Pages 207-220
    4. Lynn Donelson Wright, C. Reid Nichols, Gary Zarillo
      Pages 221-239
    5. C. Reid Nichols, Gary Zarillo, Christopher F. D’Elia
      Pages 241-259
    6. Lynn Donelson Wright
      Pages 261-273
  5. Collaboration to Enhance Future Coastal Resilience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Donald T. Resio, C. Reid Nichols
      Pages 277-292
    3. Lynn Donelson Wright
      Pages 293-304
    4. Bruce G. Thom
      Pages 305-317
    5. Arthur G. Cosby, Gina Rico Mendez, Hasna Khandekar
      Pages 319-340
    6. Lynn Donelson Wright, Bruce G. Thom
      Pages 341-353
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 355-374

About this book


This book is intended as a conceptual roadmap to show how some of the numerous pieces of complex coastal systems intersect and might interact under changing future environmental regimes. It is addressed to a non-technical but environmentally literate audience that includes the lay public, policy makers, planners, engineers and academics interested in the causes and consequences of global changes as they are likely to affect coastal systems. The book also outlines some strategies for anticipating and responding to the challenges that lie ahead.

The purpose is not to offer a technical treatise on how to build better numerical models or to provide the cognoscenti with new scientific details or theories. Quite on the contrary the authors aim to provide a holistic, easy-accessible overview of coastal systems and therefore use a writing style that is non-technical, nonmathematical and non-jargonized throughout. Wherever scientific terms are required to avoid ambiguity, a clear and simple definition is presented and those definitions are repeated in the glossary. The authors aim to communicate with all who care about the future of coastal environments.

In Part 1, they present some underlying general “big picture” concepts that are applicable to coastal processes and coastal change worldwide. Part 2 reviews some of the more important physical, ecological and societal causes and outcomes of coastal change. A selection of case studies of some prominent and highly vulnerable coastal regions is presented in Part 3. Some strategies for facilitating and supporting collaboration among the global scientific community to enhance future coastal resilience are outlined in Part 4.


Global Change related to Coastal Areas Sea Level Rise Ecosystem Evolution Socioeconomic Processes in Coastal Areas Coastal Communities Anthropocene Sustainability of Coastal Ecosystems

Editors and affiliations

  • Lynn Donelson  Wright
    • 1
  • C. Reid Nichols
    • 2
  1. 1.Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA)Washington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Marine Information Resources Corporation (MIRC)Ellicott CityUSA

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