Scientific, Environmental, and Political Issues in the Circum-Caspian Region

  • Michael H. Glantz
  • Igor S. Zonn

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASEN2, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction to the Caspian Sea Environment

  3. Sea Level Rise: Impacts and Implications

  4. Desertification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Tatyana A. Saiko, Igor S. Zonn
      Pages 141-144
    3. I. G. Granberg, G. S. Golitsyn, G. I. Gorchakov, E. M. Dobryshman, V. M. Ponomarev, A. V. Andronova et al.
      Pages 145-153
  5. Coping with Environmental Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155

About this book

Introduction

On behalf of the Russian Federation Committee on Water Economy, I would like to welcome the participants of the NATO-sponsored Workshop on the Problems of the Caspian Sea and the Circum-Caspian States. The world's largest intercontinental sea/lake is well known for its wealth mineral and fuel resources and sturgeon stocks' the products of which (oil and caviar) are in constant demand on the world market. During the last half-century the Caspian Sea has been the focus of the scientific community concerned with its level fluctuations. We were, and still are, solving a two-faceted issue: to rescue the Caspian Sea and to rescue the population from the Caspian Sea. To rescue the Caspian Sea is to address a broad spectrum of environmental issues related primarily to water pollution by waste water and petroleum products. To rescue the population from the Caspian Sea means that an almost 2.5 m sea level rise in the last two decades has resulted in flooding of vast coastal areas deteriorating economic and social spheres of activity. Solutions to these issues are linked to the numerous mysterious aspects of recent Caspian Sea behavior. Regrettably, the collapse of the USSR has led to a decline of marine observations and control over the use of marine resources in the region. Coordinated international action on the protection of living marine resources have terminated, generating disastrous consequences.

Keywords

conflict contamination economy ecosystem environment heavy metal NATO water

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael H. Glantz
    • 1
  • Igor S. Zonn
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental and Societal Impacts GroupNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Russian National Committee for UNEP (UN Environment Programme)Russia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-5502-1
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6316-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5502-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-1839
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