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The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change is an extensive survey of the interdisciplinary science of environmental change that examines the historic importance and future development of the field over two volumes. With over 40 chapters, the books situate key arguments and debates by examining a retrospective audit of the discipline, its changing nature and diversity of approaches, key theoretical paradigms, its resonances between sub-fields and other disciplines, and its relationships to theory, research and practice. Global in its coverage, scientific and theoretical in its approach, the books bring together an international set of respected editors and contributors to provide an exciting, timely addition to the literature on climate change.

Environmental Change in Coastal Areas and Islands
Environmental change in coastal areas and islands
1 Introduction

The environments of coastal areas are more changeable than many because of their location at the interface of the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Coastal areas are affected by changes in any of these, ranging from regular minor change linked to short-term perturbations to rapid change associated with extreme events. Syntheses of coastal environmental changes have emphasized the uniqueness of the processes involved in these locations (Bird, 1985. Harff et al., 2007; Woodroffe, 2002).

Islands exhibit considerable environmental diversity, depending largely on their size. In evaluating the causes of environmental changes, most smaller oceanic islands can be regarded as entirely coastal while most parts of larger oceanic islands will typically experience environmental changes ...

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