River Discharge to the Coastal Ocean

A Global Synthesis

River Discharge to the Coastal Ocean

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. The ways in which climatic variation, episodic events, and anthropogenic activities - past, present and future - affect the quantity and quality of river discharge are discussed in the final two chapters. The book contains 26 tables and more than 165 figures - many in full color - including global and regional maps. The book's extensive appendix presents the 1534-river database as a series of 44 tables and 132 maps 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 www.cambridge.org/milliman. River Discharge to the Coastal Ocean provides an invaluable resource for researchers, professionals and graduate students in hydrology, oceanography, geology, geomorphology and environmental policy.


“The writing style is clear, direct and informal, and 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

"For university libraries and many research institutions dealing with global and regional change, this reference work is indispensable. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only public global reference database on river discharge to the coastal ocean. The authors who must have put an incredible amount of time and dedication into this work deserve great respect and thanks." - Environmental Earth Science Journal

“This is a very good book, both timely and much needed. If you are interested in rivers, how they reflect the way earth systems behave, and how we influence them, then I recommend that you buy this book: you will not be disappointed.” - Philip N. Owens, Progress in Physical Geography

“This reference work is indispensable... The authors ... deserve great respect and thanks.” - Jörg Matschullat, Environmental Earth Science