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Coastal Wetlands of the World
Coastal Wetlands of the World
Geology, Ecology, Distribution & Applications
  David B. Scott
  Jennifer Frail-Gauthier
  Petra J. Mudie

Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107628250

May 2014
Coastal Wetlands Map of the World featuring Mangroves, Temperate and Artic Salt Marshes
Coastal Wetlands of the World
Salt marshes and mangrove forests, the intertidal wetlands of the world's coastlines, provide key ecological services to all areas of the globe. This cutting-edge, richly illustrated book introduces the essential elements of coastal wetlands and their applications. The book opens by introducing coastal oceanography, the physical features of wetlands, their ecology, and human impacts upon them, giving all students the necessary background for wetlands studies. It then presents detailed case studies from around the world with extensive illustrations, supplying a wider, global-scale picture of wetlands geomorphology and biodiversity. The final chapters discuss some unique applications of coastal wetlands, including geological monitoring, uses in biotechnology and agriculture, and various experimental mesocosms. This is ideal as supplementary reading to support students on a wide range of earth and life science courses, from environmental science, ecology and palaeoecology to geomorphology and geography. It will also be a valuable interdisciplinary reference for researchers.
  • Presents an integrated approach to wetlands combining geology and ecology, and including both salt marshes and mangrove forests
  • Provides case histories from all continents except Antarctica, richly illustrated with images from real field studies, which are also accessible online in colour where available
  • Explains the applications of wetlands studies to other fields such as pre-historical impacts of coastline changes, development of crops amidst shrinking global water resources, and conducting wetlands mesocosm experiments





Canadian Ice Island photos
The Canadian Ice Island Program:
Discoveries from a “Ship of Ice”
(1.2MB PDF)
Peta J. Mudie and H. Ruth Jackson
Voyage of Discovery: Commemorative Book on the Scientific Accomplishments of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography 50th Anniversary: 1962-2012
In Press: 2014

SUMMARY
It is probably true to say that The Ice Island Program was the most amazing Voyage of Discovery to be undertaken by Bedford Institute of Oceanography. Led by Drs Ruth Jackson and Peta Mudie at the Geological Survey of Canada Atlantic, the goal of the 1980s Program was to occupy a large semi-permanent ice island as a platform for the first oceanographic and geoscientific studies of Canada’s packice-covered Polar Margin between Ellesmere Island and Beaufort Sea. At the program start, this region of Canada was still unmapped: it was not even known if there was a continental shelf offshore – let alone what biological or mineral resources it contained. For five years, 40 people in joint government-university funded programs measured oceanographic and ice conditions, mapped the underwater territory, and studied the evolution of Canada’s northernmost continental margin. A permanent camp was built to allow seismic and geophysical surveys, seabed and plankton sampling, toxic and radioactive chemical surveys, oceanography, meteorology, atmospheric sampling and ice strength studies. Technical achievements are construction of the first large, deep (44 m) holes through a floating ice island for piston coring, dredging and water sampling; collecting >200km of seismic reflection and bathymetry data; taking the first underwater photographs of the seafloor beneath the permanent packice; and collecting sediment and biological samples from this hitherto unexplored part of Canada – in the coldest sector of the Arctic Ocean. Scientific highlights include discovery of previously unknown Arctic glass sponge reefs, records of recent Canadian Arctic Ocean warming, tracing of radioactivity, pesticide and dust fallout from Britain, Ukrainia and China to the Canadian Polar margin, and mapping of bedrock that contains large petroleum reservoirs. The new maps also extend Canada’s continental margin 300% further northwards. The hands-on training and engineering experience from the Ice Island Program now puts Canada on the forefront of ongoing UNCLOS (United Nations Law of the Sea) survey work, and the ice strength studies are used to design new hulls of Coast Guard and commercial Arctic icebreakers


Louis S. St. Laurent at 80N
The Louis S. St. Laurent at 80N
Poster
Arctic catastrophes: sea ice changes and impacts in the Eastern Arctic during the past 4,000 years poster presented at the Conference on Rapid Landscape Change and Human Response in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic, June 15-17, 2005, Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon
(1200 x 900 pixels 464K JPG)
(2400 x 1800 pixels 1 MB JPG) or (884K PPT)
Mudie, P.J., Levac, E. , and Rochon, A.

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