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Troubled Waters : Ocean Science and Governance - Geoff Holland

Troubled Waters

Ocean Science and Governance


Published: 30th September 2010
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Bringing together 30 international experts, this volume commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, the UN organization responsible for fostering intergovernmental cooperation on global ocean issues. It looks at how governments use science to establish ocean policies, with chapters ranging from the history of ocean management to current advances in marine science, observation and management applications, and the international agencies that co-ordinate this work. With a focus on key topical issues such as marine pollution, exploitation, and hazards, Troubled Waters reflects on past successes and failures in ocean management and emphasises the need for knowledge and effective government action to ensure a sustainable future for this precious resource. Illustrated with dramatic, full-colour images, it is essential reading for researchers, students, policy makers and managers of the marine environment, and also provides an attractive and accessible overview for anyone concerned about the future stewardship of our oceans.

'... timely ... Looking to the future, Troubled Waters explains the high likelihood of continuing sea-level rise, increasing ocean acidification and warming oceans. This is coupled with increasing pollution and contamination of maritime spaces and the continuing collapse of marine biodiversity. Contributors suggest new strategies to deal with sea-level rise, including the creation of more habitable space through reclamation, artificial islands and even mobile human habitats ... the key to managing the seas will be turning good information into meaningful policies. In that regard, Troubled Waters is an excellent resource.' Nature
'Where ecological phenomena outlast the political lifetime of decision makers, where the frontiers of nations are no longer barriers, the principles of harmonisation and inter-governmental collaboration take on their full value.' HSH Prince Albert of Monaco
'Well-managed and healthy oceans are vital to the survival of small island states, such as the Maldives. This important book shows how scientists and governments can better protect the world's oceans.' Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Republic of Maldives
'The editors have managed to bring the jigsaw pieces together in a clearly laid out, very readable, easily accessible, wonderfully illustrated, work that should be a permanent but not neglected resident on the shelves of all who have an interest in the oceans and how we manage them, past present and future.' Dan Costa, Marine Scientist
'... well produced, thought provoking ... it is a publication that has much value for its intended readership ... and beyond ... I would strongly recommend this book to all who have an interest in understanding and safeguarding our seas.' International Journal of the Society for Underwater Technology
'... the text provides a good reality check of what issues exist and what responsible parties should do to address them. The different perspectives are incredibly helpful, and this book effectively provides a sample of many issues related to the ocean.' Kathleen Galloway, Journal of the American Water Resources Association

Advisory Boardp. x
Foreword HSH Princep. xi
List of acronymsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Global Context: Prefacep. 9
For the oceanp. 13
The United Nations, oceans governance and sciencep. 28
Marine scientific research and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seap. 41
Fifty years of building national marine skillsp. 50
The early days and evolution of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commissionp. 61
Oceans and Science: Prefacep. 79
Ocean science: an overviewp. 81
The development of ocean climate programmesp. 96
The IOC's International Bathymetric Chart Series: a programme facing extermination?p. 112
Harmful algae: a natural phenomenon that became a societal problemp. 124
Non-governmental international marine science organizationsp. 138
Observations and Data: Prefacep. 149
Ocean observations: the Global Ocean Observing Systemp. 151
Oceanographic data: from paper to pixelsp. 167
Applications: Prefacep. 183
Life on the edge: managing our coastal zonesp. 185
Hazards and warningsp. 200
Regional cooperation: the Caribbean experiencep. 214
Oceans, science and governments in Africap. 229
Intergovernmental Agencies and Science: Prefacep. 247
The Food and Agriculture Organizationp. 249
The International Hydrographic Organization science partnershipsp. 256
Ocean science and shipping: IMO's contributionp. 264
The UNEP's contribution to the oceans and marine sciencep. 269
The World Meteorological Organization need for ocean sciencep. 274
The Future: Prefacep. 283
The futurep. 285
Afterwordp. 305
Indexp. 314
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ISBN: 9780521765817
ISBN-10: 0521765811
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 30th September 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.88