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Coastal Scenery Evaluation and Management; A Book By Nelson Rangel-Buitrago

Coastal Scenery:

Evaluation and Management

Editor: ©Nelson Rangel-Buitrago, Departamentos de Física y Biologia, Universidad del Atlantico, Barranquilla; Atlantico, Colombia

Contributors:
Giorgio Anfuso, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of Cadiz Spain
Ayes Ergin, Department of Civil Engineering, Coastal Engineering Division, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Anton Micallef, Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics, Institute of Earth Systems, University of Malta, Msida, Malta
Enzo Pranzini, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
Allan T. williams, Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of Wales, Swansea, Wales, UK
CICA NOVA, Nova Universitad de Lisboa, Lisbon Portugal


Published by Springer

Coastal Scenery Evaluation and Management, describes an easy to apply methodology to determine the scenic value of a coast. As one of the most critical aspects of beach user choice, the determination of coastal area scenic quality is of primordial importance. This book is, therefore, an extremely useful tool for any coastal lovers, being them users, teachers, researchers, or managers.

In particular, this work is the first book to present a semi-quantitative analysis of coastal scenery based on more than 4,000 interviews about people’s desired coastal imaginary. Twenty-six parameters can be used to identify any coastal scene, which have then been sub-divided into five attribute categories, weighted and subjected to fuzzy logic mathematics to obtain a decision number (D). This number D represents the coastal scenery at that point, and Five D classes are then presented (from I-excellent, to V-poor). Heritage areas, like National Parks should lie in Class I, which infers top scenic quality.
Over a time span of a decade or so, the authors of this book have assessed more than 900 global locations using the technique given in this book. One of the main aims of this method is to point out how scenic areas may be improved by judicious intervention relating to parameters, mainly anthropogenic, chosen for assessment.

The content of this book opens perspectives for analysis of the potential for coastal tourism development in natural areas and for landscape quality improvement in current coastal tourist developed areas.

“In a very comprehensive way, this book reviews the main concepts about coastal scenery and through the vast global work experience of the authors, presents different methodologies, as well as introducing a novel methodology, using parameter weightings and fuzzy logic mathematics.”
Carlos Pereira da Silva, CICS.NOVA, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

“Our lives will be greatly enriched by finding beauty, but we can use help in defining the many ways beauty can be manifested. This book can help us by informing us of the ways landscapes can be viewed and described from many viewpoints to place our own understanding in better perspective.”
Karl Nordstrom, Geography Department, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

“How do we define and quantify a coast’s scenic value? This is the book. It begins by defining coastal scenery, then reviews the approaches to quantifying it, followed by a new fuzzy logic approach and examples. It finishes with a chapter on how to manage these attractive landscapes, many of which are being overrun and ruined by development. This is a must read for researchers who wish to evaluate and managers who wish to maintain this valuable yet intangible coastal resource.”
Andrew Short, Coastal Studies Unit, Sydney University, Australia


About the Author

Nelson Rangel is a Full Professor of Geology at the University of Atlantico, Barranquilla, Colombia. He has been teaching at the university level since 2003. In addition to his teaching experience, he has conducted many research projects on geology, anthropic geomorphology, and oceanography and has served as an expert consultant for national and international organisations, mostly in Spain and Colombia. Dr. Rangel has published more than 40 articles in international journals and has edited or authored 25 books.


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Chapter 1
Coastal Scenery: An Introduction

Copyright © 2018 – Nelson Rangel-Buitrago

Nelson Rangel-Buitrago, Allan T. Williams, Aysen Ergin, Giorgio Anfuso, Anton Micallef and Enzo Pranzini

“Mir hilft der Geist; auf einmal she’ich Rat.
Und schreibe getrost. Im Anfang war die Tat.”
Goethe, Faust Part 1, lines 1236-7

Abstract

Coastal tourism includes those recreational activities which involve travel away from one’s place of residence which has as their host or focus the coastal zone. This industry necessarily depends on the coastal environment to attract tourists. Excellent scenery is maybe the prime factor considered by a potential tourist when is time to choose a coastal vacation destination. Coastal scenery management, a controlled tourism growth, an enhancing of the product, the constant upgrading of the quality of offer and service, as well a diversified clientele, can be considered as critical points for an ideal tourism development that will satisfy both visitors and those whose livelihood depends on it.

Introduction

It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun. Matthew Arnald, Empedocles on Etna, 1, ii, 397

Coasts are the most dynamic and valued geomorphological features on the surface of the earth (Pilkey and Cooper 2014). They serve as home to a multitude of living organisms, including humans and are in continuous change due to a large variety of processes. From ancient times, coasts have played a significant role as a place for human settlement and economic development (Barragan and Andreis 2015). “The coastline is of special importance” (Steers 1944, 5), however is a very fragile environment easily affected by disordered infrastructures emplacement and activities, such as, industry, tourism,, agriculture and fishing, amongst others.

During past years, there has been overdevelopment of many of these areas due to unbridled pursuit for further economic benefits. This had led an increase in environmental impacts due to processes that includes, amongst others, sand mining (Rangel-Buitrago et al. 2015a,b) beach pollution (Williams et al. 2013), and coastal armoring (Pranzini and Williams 2013).

The invaluable significance of coastal landscapes to society has long been recognized and is reflected by the plethora of existing protection status areas, such as, National Parks, Heritage Coasts, Wilderness Areas, Protected Landscapes and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. However, despite the existence of these entities whose designations are strongly influenced by scenic beauty, scenic degradation globally greatly affects many coasts.

In the last few decades, the number of people able to visit coastal zones for recreational purposes has increased exponentially and correspondingly a popular desire to protect and conserve beautiful scenery has also risen over this period (UNEP 2009; Miller et al 2010; UNWTO 2016). Frequently, coastal stakeholders and decision makers have been faced with a complicated question: Should landscape development be impaired for the sake of conserving the natural scenery, or vice versa? This can only be answered by determining what landscapes are favored by society as a who;e and this requires evaluation of the relative quality of coastal scenery by Governments in order that it can be compared to those of other landscapes and to the needs of other resource users. After all, “coastal scenery is a resource, partly because of the economic value and partly because it is an accepted component of resource assessment programs” (Kaye and Alder 1999, 303-304). Evaluation of a coastal landscape is important as it provides measurement, description, and classification schemes (Dakin 2003; Ergin et al.2004; Rangel-Buitrago et al.2013), giving means by which scenery/amenities can be compared against other resource considerations (Ergin et al. 2006). It is a visual expression of the coast, and is a great resource that has not been analyzed in detail on any scientific basis.

In addition, it can improve resource inventories, carrying capacity decision making, and can be included into Environmental Impact Assessments (region et al. 2004). Coastal scenic evaluations allow managers to determine the relative attractiveness of locations so that informed decisions concerning improvements to the scenic quality of the landscape and their management may be made.

While this applies to all landscapes, it is of particular importance to coastal scenery. Worldwide coastal scenery problems are further amplified by a tourist industry that is struggling to fill gaps left in the world economy by the decline of heavy industry and a rise in general affluence (Williams and Ergin 2004). The coastal tourist industry mainly depends on beaches to attract tourists (Botterill et al. 2000; White et al. 2010) and many diverse studies have shown that excellent coastal scenery is one of the major factors considered by tourists when choosing a beach vacation (Miller 1993; Unal and Williams 1999; Jedrzejczak 2004; Williams and al. 2016).

Scenery may be defined as “the appearance of an area” (Council of Europe 2000) and is a part of a coastal landscape inventory available for different coastal disciplines, such as, geography, geology, planning, etc. Likewise, coastal landscapes can be described as a littoral area, as perceived by humans, whose character results from the multiple interactions between natural and/or human factors (Council of Europe 2000).

Inside this book the reader can find an exhaustive review of existing scenery evaluation techniques, and can also obtain a novel methodology for coastal landscape evaluation, the Coastal Scenic Evaluation System (CSES) presented in Chap.4, which is applied and presented by worldwide cases studies. However, it is salutary to note the words written over 70 years ago by a world leading coastal geographer that “any assessment of coastal scenery is likely to meet with criticism” (Steers 1944, 6). A series of recommendations is also given for adequate coastal scenery management.

Over a time span of a decade or so, the authors of this book have assessed more than 952 global locations by the technique given in Chaps.4 and 5. Coastal/beach management, mainly driven by the tourist industry and appropriate government policies (designation of National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, amongst others) has improved immensely and therefore the figures given here for coastal scenery may not represent the current situation. We urge readers to visit place mentioned in this bool and assess their scenic value in order to realize an up to date figure for that particular location. One of the aims of the technique is to point out how scenic areas may be improved by judicious intervention relating to parameters, mainly anthropogenic, chosen for assessment.

The content of this book aims to open perspectives for analysis of the potential for coastal tourism development in natural areas and for scenic quality improvement in current coastal tourist developed areas. It will be a helpful tool for coastal lovers that include users, teachers, researchers, and managers.

The Great Transformation: Climate-Can We Beat the Heat? A Comic by Reinhold Leinfelder and others


Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

The Great Transformation: Climate-Can We Beat the Heat? by German author Reinhold Leinfelder and others, is regarded as the most comprehensive discussion on global climate change and many related aspects, all in comic book form.

“This comic book explains the WBGU flagship report “World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability”.

In this comic, nine top scientists, the members of WBGU as comic-book heroes, show us that we can beat the heat – and how to do it.”

DOWNLOADABLE VERSION: The Great Transformation: Climate-Can We Beat the Heat?
A comic book by, Hamann, A., Zea-Schmidt, C., Leinfelder, R. (Hrsg.) (2014) – 138 pp., German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), Berlin. ISBN 978-3-93619-41-7. Translated from the German edition (Berlin, 2013) by Bob Culverhouse.

Read Full Abstract and Learn More; WBGU
Climate change, the Anthropocene, rising CO2 levels, the Earth Summit in Rio, wind turbines, combined heat and power generation, desertification, biodiversity loss, Germany’s Renewable Energy Act, pioneers of change – what do all these terms mean exactly and how are they all linked? This comic offers answers…

The Magic Dolphin; A Book By Charles O. Pilkey With Orrin H. Pilkey

The Magic Dolphin:

A Young Human’s Guide to Beaches, Sea Level Rise and Living with the Sea

A book by by Charles O. Pilkey with Orrin H. Pilkey

Illustrations © 2018 by Charles O. Pilkey.


By Author and Illustrator Charles O. Pilkey, and Consultant Orrin H. Pilkey

A lighthearted, beautifully illustrated children’s book (ages 9-13) that tells the story of two kids who rescue a stranded dolphin, caught in a fish net.

The grateful dolphin rewards the kids by taking them on an adventurous, world-encircling journey, teaching them along the way about global warming, sea level rise, beach erosion and other challenges facing the sea…

About:

Charles O. Pilkey is a former geologist turned freelance artist, writer and illustrator. The inspiration for The Magic Dolphin, came from a childhood memory of a day when he and his father found a pilot whale washed ashore on a Sapelo beach. With the help of friends, they set the animal free.
Although the Magic Dolphin is a work of fiction, the events described in the book are scientifically and/or historically accurate.

Orrin H. Pilkey is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He has visited beaches on all seven continents and has written a number of books about the future of beaches in an age of rising seas.


Book available now on: AMAZON.COM


Readers might also enjoy Lessons from the Sand… A beach science activity book for kids (ages 8-88). Book available now on: Amazon and in bookstores.

Pictures Show How Modern Life Is Altering the Natural World


Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

Excerpts;

Every part of modern life is touched by technology, and every part of technology requires something that once came from the ground: the silicon dioxide (glass) in your cell phone, the phosphorous it took to grow your food, the copper in the wires that brought this article to your eyes, and a thousand other examples.

This is the imprint that photographer Edward Burtynsky felt compelled to capture in his latest book, Essential Elements, the work of more than a dozen trips and assignments over the past 15 years…

Read Full Article, National Geographic (01-11-2016)

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (GEA-March 2014)
Despite the colossal quantities of sand and gravel being used, our increasing dependence on them and the significant impact that their extraction has on the environment, this issue has been mostly ignored by policy makers and remains largely unknown by the general public.
In March 2014 The United Nations released its first Report about sand mining. “Sand Wars” film documentary by Denis Delestrac – first broadcasted on the european Arte Channel, May 28th, 2013, where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013 – expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish this 2014-Global Environmental Alert.

Age-Old Problem: River in Jordan Polluted by Copper 7,000 Years Ago; LiveScience (12-13-2016)

Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say; Guardian UK (01-08-2016)
There is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch, an “Anthropocene” – ending the current Holocene which began around 12,000 years ago…

The Last Wave, Andaman Islands

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North Cinque Island, Andaman Islands. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

Excerpts;

Environmentalist, freelance journalist, photographer and author Pankaj Sekhsaria has spent 20 years studying and fighting for the ecology of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. His first fiction novel ‘Last Wave’ about these islands, published in 2014, is getting released in Goa along with his photo exhibition.

“My research showed that the Forest Corporation was logging timber from inside the Onge Tribal Reserve and that it was also logging timber in excess of what they were supposed to. The petition highlighted these facts and also dealt with the issue of sand mining along the coasts of the islands. We could see that this sand mining was detrimental to the coastal integrity of the islands and also to species like sea turtles who use the beaches for nesting…”

Read Full Article; Goa (10-24-2016)

Exploring the Andaman culture; The Hindu (06-04-2014)

Father and son tell how to turn children into scientists at beach; A book review

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An illustration of the authors, Orrin Pilkey and Charles Pilkey©.
Their new book “Lessons From the Sand,” is an extension of the father and son’s shared passion-Charles Pilkey

Excerpts;

Orrin Pilkey and Charles Pilkey’s new book “Lessons From the Sand” is an extension of the father and son’s shared passion. It’s focused on beaches, with scientific experiments designed to be done by children and their parents. Each experiment, in true scientific form, is designed to lead to more questions.This father and son invite children to use the scientific method to draw their own conclusions.

As scientists, the Pilkeys know the sea is rising and that beaches are in danger. As authors, they want children to come to these conclusions themselves…

Read Full Article, News Observer

“Lessons From the Sand” Previews on Coastal Care: See First Preview – Activity 1: “Wave Height” And Activity 4: “Longshore Currents”
These activities are excerpted from “Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach” a book by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

“Lessons From the Sand” Previews on Coastal Care: See 2nd Preview – Activity 10: “Beach Erosion” And Activity 14: “Barking Sand”

“Lessons From the Sand” Previews on Coastal Care: See 3rd Preview – Activity 17: “Volcanoes On The Beach” And Activity 25: “Shell Orientation”

“Lessons From the Sand” Previews on Coastal Care: See Final Preview – Activity 30: “Murder Mystery” And Activity 32: “Concrete Beaches”

Final Preview : Lessons From The Sand ; A Book By Charles O. Pilkey & Orrin H. Pilkey

Lessons From The Sand:

Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On A Carolina Beach

A book by by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey

Illustrations © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey.


Published by The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press

Ever wonder where sand comes from? Or why shells are colored differently? Or how to estimate the size of a wave? Featuring more than forty fun hands-on activities for families with children, Lessons from the Sand reveals the science behind the amazing natural wonders found on the beaches of North Carolina and South Carolina.

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Easy-to-do experiments will help parents and kids discover the ways water, wind, sand, plants, animals, and people interact to shape the constantly changing beaches we love to visit…

“Although the geographic emphasis is on North and South Carolina beaches, most of the activities can be carried out on any ocean beach in the world. Lessons from the Sand is written by a father and son and is rooted in good science.

The activities explain how beaches work — providing the key to protecting them for future generations. The book not only will provide fun for families but many activities can be the basis for more advanced class projects and term papers.

This $19 paperback is available for pre-order from The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press. The book will be released on April 25, 2016.”

About the Authors:

Charles O. Pilkey is an artist and writer living in Mint Hill, North Carolina. Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at Duke University and coauthor of How to Read a North Carolina Beach.


Now In Final Coastal Care’s Preview:

Activity 30: “Murder Mystery” And Activity 32: “Concrete Beaches”

These activities are excerpted from Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach; by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

Copyright © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.
Illustrations © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey.
Published by The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press
Used by permission of the publisher.


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To order and for more information please contact: UNC Press


See First Preview – Activity 1: “Wave Height” And Activity 4: “Longshore Currents”
These activities are excerpted from “Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach” a book by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

See 2nd Preview – Activity 10: “Beach Erosion” And Activity 14: “Barking Sand”
These activities are excerpted from “Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach” a book by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

See 3rd Preview – Activity 17: “Volcanoes On The Beach” And Activity 25: “Shell Orientation”
These activities are excerpted from “Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach” a book by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

3rd Preview : Lessons From The Sand ; A Book By Charles O. Pilkey & Orrin H. Pilkey

Lessons From The Sand:

Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On A Carolina Beach

A book by by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey

Illustrations © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey.


Published by The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press

Ever wonder where sand comes from? Or why shells are colored differently? Or how to estimate the size of a wave? Featuring more than forty fun hands-on activities for families with children, Lessons from the Sand reveals the science behind the amazing natural wonders found on the beaches of North Carolina and South Carolina.

lessons-from-the-sand-260-jacket

Easy-to-do experiments will help parents and kids discover the ways water, wind, sand, plants, animals, and people interact to shape the constantly changing beaches we love to visit…

“Although the geographic emphasis is on North and South Carolina beaches, most of the activities can be carried out on any ocean beach in the world. Lessons from the Sand is written by a father and son and is rooted in good science.

The activities explain how beaches work — providing the key to protecting them for future generations. The book not only will provide fun for families but many activities can be the basis for more advanced class projects and term papers.

This $19 paperback is available for pre-order from The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press. The book will be released on April 25, 2016.”

About the Authors:

Charles O. Pilkey is an artist and writer living in Mint Hill, North Carolina. Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at Duke University and coauthor of How to Read a North Carolina Beach.


Now In Preview:

Activity 17: “Volcanoes On The Beach” And Activity 25: “Shell Orientation”

These activities are excerpted from Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach; by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

Copyright © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.
Illustrations © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey.
Published by The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press
Used by permission of the publisher.


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To order and for more information please contact: UNC Press


See First Preview – Activity 1: “Wave Height” And Activity 4: “Longshore Currents”
These activities are excerpted from “Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach” a book by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

See 2nd Preview – Activity 10: “Beach Erosion” And Activity 14: “Barking Sand”
These activities are excerpted from “Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach” a book by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

Retreat from a Rising Sea, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, and Keith C. Pilkey

Retreat from a Rising Sea:

Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change

A book by Orrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, and Keith C. Pilkey


Published by Columbia University Press

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Melting ice sheets and warming oceans are causing the seas to rise. By the end of this century, hundreds of millions of people living at low elevations along coasts will be forced to retreat to higher and safer ground.

Because of sea-level rise, major storms will inundate areas farther inland and will lay waste to critical infrastructure, such as water-treatment and energy facilities, creating vast, irreversible pollution by decimating landfills and toxic-waste sites.

This big-picture, policy-oriented book explains in gripping terms what rising oceans will do to coastal cities and the drastic actions we must take now to remove vulnerable populations.

The authors detail specific threats faced by Miami, New Orleans, New York, and Amsterdam. Aware of the overwhelming social, political, and economic challenges that would accompany effective action, they consider the burden to the taxpayer and the logistics of moving landmarks and infrastructure, including toxic-waste sites.

They also show readers the alternative: thousands of environmental refugees, with no legitimate means to regain what they have lost.

The authors conclude with effective approaches for addressing climate-change denialism and powerful arguments for reforming U.S. federal coastal management policies.


About the Authors:

Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus, Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, at Duke University. His books include A Celebration of the World’s Barrier Islands and Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can’t Predict the Future.

Linda Pilkey-Jarvis is a geologist at Washington’s Department of Ecology, where she helps manage the state’s oil spills program. She is the coauthor, with Orrin H. Pilkey, of Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can’t Predict the Future.

Keith C. Pilkey is an Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration. He has an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and a Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law. He is co-author, with Orrin Pilkey, of Global Climate Change: A Primer.


Order online now at: Columbia University Press

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REVIEWS


“Retreat From a Rising Sea: Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change,” is an effort to explain the science for a lay reader. It is clear and authoritative and for South Florida, it is urgent…
Clear and authoritative…. If only our leaders would read this book.The Miami Herald


Retreat from a Rising Sea is a landmark work long overdue. The book offers deep analysis, case histories, and names villains of denial. It offers visions, solutions, and historic examples of how coastal cities and communities have dealt in the past and will need to cope in the future with rising coastal risks. It is a must-read for coastal residents and policy makers alike. If this book had been written ten years ago, the world would be better off.” —Klaus Jacob, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University Earth Institute.


Retreat from a Rising Sea is a book that should be read by everyone concerned about our coasts. In its passion to explain the conclusion that science clearly indicates, it signals the urgency of our retreat from the coast.” —Carl Hobbs, author of The Beach Book.


“This accessible, impassioned argument considers the scientific, political, and socioeconomic dimensions of climate change and fervently presses for Americans to come to terms with the disastrous changes to the world’s oceans sooner rather than later.” Publishers Weekly.