Editor: De-Sheng Pei & Muhammad Junaid

Marine Pollution: Current Status, Impacts, and Remedies

Volume 1

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ISSN: 2661-4677 (Print)
ISSN: 2661-4685 (Online)
ISBN: 9789811412684 (Print)
ISBN: 9789811412691 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2019
DOI: 10.2174/97898114126911190101

Introduction

While oceans are vast, they represent a fragile resource that must be protected if we want to protect our livelihoods and our planet. Marine pollution has been a topic of concern for a long time, and it has recently attracted the attention of scientists, environmentalists, economists, politicians and journalists in mainstream media.

Besides providing food, transportation routes and other resources, the oceans serve as a heat absorbing sink which offsets the extreme heating effects of climate change, but only to a limited degree. Pollution in marine environments such as the oceans, poses a threat to coastal communities by affecting the fauna and flora in the environment and the health of the nearby population. This has a disruptive effect on the health and economy of these communities.

Marine Pollution: Current Status, Impacts and Remedies emphasizes the limitations of marine resources that relevant environments provide. Readers will find chapters on methods to assess pollution as well as important information for identifying, measuring, and remediating various pollutants. The book also covers some known pollutants (heavy metals, organic pollutants, microplastics) and ways to manage these substances. Other issues covered in the book include problems caused by invasive species, and the ecological problems caused by pollutants which affect local fauna and flora.

This book will prove to be a useful resource for students, researchers, and policymakers, who are working in environmental science, marine conservation and allied fields.

Foreword

This book, edited by De-Sheng Pei and Muhammad Junaid, emphasizes that the oceans are a vast but fragile resource that must be protected if we want to protect our livelihoods and our planet. Although marine pollution is a topic of concern for a long period of time, it has recently attracted the significant attention of scientific and non-scientific debate circles, including environmentalists, economists, and politicians. The chapters on methods to assess pollution provide important information for identifying, measuring, and remediating various pollutants, while the chapters on known pollutants and their management point out how widespread the problems are and how intense international effort is required to resolve the problems.

Besides providing food, transportation and lifestyle resources, the oceans serve as a vast sink to absorb increases in global heat, mitigating at least temporarily more extreme changes in global climate. But in doing so, oceans also present a threat to coastal communities by altering local weather patterns and disrupting local livelihoods with changes in acidity and temperature.

This book will prove to be a useful resource for students, researchers, and policymakers, who are working on the management and protection of the world’s valuable marine resources and environment.


Phyllis R. Strauss, Ph.D.
Matthews Distinguished Professor
Northeastern University,
Boston, MA 02115,
USA