The Coastal Zone
Past, Present, and Future
Using case studies of the southeastern coast, the Vernbergs provide an overview of the ecological characteristics of the coastal zone and urge readers to become aware of environmental consequences resulting from human disturbances such as chemical and biological contamination and habitat alterations. With the rise of urbanization and an ever-increasing population, coastal communities are being subjected to intense multiple stresses resulting from conflicting demands for use of finite resources. In order to save these limited resources for the benefit of present and future generations, the Vernbergs argue that local citizens need to understand the interaction between ecological, economic, and social factors and become actively involved in determining effective resource management policies.
About the Authors
Winona B. Vernberg is a distinguished professor emerita and dean emerita at the University of South Carolina, where she also served as the dean of the School of Public Health and as an interim provost. Vernberg has published widely in the area of environmental health, especially with regard to coastal and marine issues. The Vernbergs live in Columbia.
"John and Winona Vernberg's book presents a concise and timely review of coastal ecology, its past and its prospects in the face of coastal growth and continuing shift of the nation's population to the coast."—The Post and Courier
"The Vernbergs' argument is that local citizens need to understand and become involved in resource management policies. The text is step-like in its presentation and is supported by numerous graphics and tables, which greatly assist in understanding some of the key concepts. Additionally, a good index, references, and chapter notes are included. This important work in environmental science is recommended for all levels of readers."—Choice
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