Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and Beyond addresses important questions currently facing the continent: Is Australia’s rapidly growing human population and economy environmentally sustainable for its estuaries and coasts? What is needed to enable sustainable development?
The editor is Dr. Eric Wolanski, a coastal oceanographer and ecohydrologist. Eric has around 360 publications and was awarded an Australian Centenary medal for services in estuarine and coastal oceanography amongst many other awards. He is a chief editor of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Wetlands Ecology and Management, and the Treatise of Estuarine and Coastal Science.
To answer the questions, this book reports and illustrates detailed studies of 20 iconic Australian estuaries and bays by leading Australian estuarine scientists. The case studies are divided into three classes based on human impact: (a) estuaries that experienced the full pressure of historical developments, (b) estuaries in the process of being degraded, and (c) estuaries that are still relatively pristine. Case studies include the Sydney Estuary, the Coorong/Murray-Darling Estuary, Port Philip Bay, the Tamar Estuary in Tasmania, Moreton Bay, the Mary River Estuary, the Flood Plains in the Northern Territory, and many others.
The knowledge in this book is synthesised in time and space across Australia to suggest what Australian estuaries will look like in 2050 and beyond based on socio-economic decisions that are made now and changes that are needed to ensure sustainability.
Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and Beyond provides summaries of the state of the environment and the management strategy for a number of other estuaries and coastal waters. It also provides a valuable synthesis of multidisciplinary scientific knowledge to suggest what Australian estuaries may look like in 2050 based on socio-economic decisions that are made now and the changes that are needed to ensure sustainability into the future.
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