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River Discharge to the Coastal Ocean
A Global Synthesis


  • Date Published: March 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107612181

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  • Rivers provide the primary link between land and sea. Utilizing the world's largest database, this book presents a detailed analysis and synthesis of the processes affecting fluvial discharge of water, sediment and dissolved solids. It also discusses the ways in which climatic variation, episodic events and anthropogenic activities - past, present and future - affect the quantity and quality of river discharge. The book contains more than 165 figures - many in full color - including global and regional maps. An extensive appendix presents the 1534-river database as a series of 44 tables that provide quantitative data regarding the discharge of water, sediment and dissolved solids. The complete database is also presented within a GIS-based package available online at Now available in paperback, reprinted with corrections, this is an invaluable resource for researchers, professionals and graduate students in hydrology, oceanography, geology, geomorphology and environmental policy.

    • Contains the most complete discussion of the factors controlling discharge of water as well as suspended and dissolved solids
    • Illustrates the importance of temporal variations as oceanic drivers in controlling precipitation and thus river runoffs
    • Presents the complete database of the world's rivers within a GIS-based CD-ROM in the back of the book
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    'For university libraries and many research institutions dealing with global and regional change, this reference work is indispensable … The authors who must have put an incredible amount of time and dedication into this work deserve great respect and thanks.' Jörg Matschullat, Environmental Earth Sciences

    'This book is engaging. The writing style is clear, direct and informal, and the authors … take the 'global' in the title seriously - the examples are nicely balanced around the world … Anyone interested in continental- to global-scale particle and dissolved fluxes from the continents to the world ocean will benefit from having this material close at hand.' Chris Paola, Oceanography

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107612181
    • length: 394 pages
    • dimensions: 272 x 218 x 20 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 160 colour illus. 140 maps 70 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Runoff, erosion and delivery to the coastal ocean
    3. Temporal variations
    4. Human impacts
    Appendices. Global River Database: Appendix A: North and Central America
    Appendix B: South America
    Appendix C: Europe
    Appendix D: Africa
    Appendix E: Eurasia
    Appendix F: Asia
    Appendix G: Oceania

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    River Discharge to the Coastal Ocean

    John D. Milliman, Katherine L. Farnsworth

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    John D. Milliman, College of William and Mary, Virginia
    John D. Milliman is Chancellor Professor of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary, Virginia, and has been at the forefront of studies of river runoff to the coastal ocean since the 1970s. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the 1992 Francis P. Shepard Medal for Excellence in Marine Geology. He is Editor of Deep-Sea Research Part II and has published more than 150 research papers and book chapters.

    Katherine L. Farnsworth, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Katherine L. Farnsworth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geoscience at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines the interaction between fluvial and marine systems including the flux and fate of sediments to the coastal oceans.

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