The Environment in Asia Pacific Harbours

Posted: 20 January 2006

Author: Wolanski, Eric (Ed.) 2006, Springer, Netherlands. 160 euros, US$209, £123 hb

Urbanisation has already reached unprecedented levels in the estuarine and coastal zone of the the Asia Pacific region, resulting in increasing environmental degradation. This book details how science can provide solutions so that economic and social developments can be ecologically sustainable.

The contributing authors demonstrate different solutions and pitfalls in a large number of ports and harbours in the region.

Twelve sites are discussed in detail, integrating physics and biology. These are Tokyo Bay, the Pearl Estuary, Hong Kong, Shanghai and the Yangtze delta, Klang, Manila Bay, Jakarta Bay, Pearl Harbour, Ho Chi Minh City and the new harbour on the Thi Vai River, Bangkok and coastal waters of the upper Gulf of Thailand, Singapore and Darwin.

This is the shoreline of about 50 million people and the coastal waters of about 500 million people. The social, economic and environmental problems are pressing and call for science-based solutions that are addressed by this challenging book. Thirty internationally recognised, scientists and engineers in universities and research centres in all these cities contributed chapters.

The lessons they outline will find applications worldwide wherever coastal urbanization and the growth of mega-harbours occur.

The editor, Dr. Eric Wolanski, is an internationally recognized coastal oceanographer and leading Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. It will be of particular interst to marine biologists, coastal oceanographists, coastal engineers, and those involved in sustainable development community.