Mixing in Estuaries and Coastal Seas

Mixing in Estuaries and Coastal Seas

Editor(s): Charitha Pattiaratchi

Published Online: 12 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875902647

Online ISBN: 9781118665220

DOI: 10.1029/CE050

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Coastal and Estuarine Studies, Volume 50.

Continental shelves, coastal seas and estuaries contain many valuable resources for economic, social, tourist and recreational activity. The majority of the world's largest cities are located on the coastline. For example, 86% of the total Australian population is located in the coastal zone. Almost 75% of the global harvest of fisheries comes from coastal areas. However, it is also the region into which anthropogenic wastes are discharged, leading to degradation of the environment. As we become more aware of the consequences of these discharges, and develop new management strategies to avoid detrimental effects in estuaries and coastal regions, it is clear that an understanding of mixing processes plays a very important role in dispersion of introduced contaminants.

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