The Corps of Engineers of the United States Army can deservedly take pride in the invaluable contributions throughout the American history to the proper developments of the infrastructure of the waterways, together with the navigation and environment restoration, reduction of the flood damage and protection and development of the water resources.

And many projects were made possible owing to the dedication and creativity of outstanding engineers, builders and scientists. The Corps has always performed the review of the processes relating to the evaluation of the project planning, often focusing mainly on their technical aspects. However, in the past decades the consideration of such important factors as the economic evaluations, impacts on the environment, political pressure and others, have significantly increased, resulting in the rising criticism and even the concern that the Corps' studies lead to the recommendations and conclusions not adequately supported by the analyses and scientific assumptions used. The present document has been arranged in seven chapters.

The first chapter defines the purpose and scope of the report, and the second chapter provides some historical background of the planning studies; the other chapters of the book provide the considerations and principles of the review, alternative approaches, administrative group and recommendations, supplemented with numerous appendices with additional information.

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Both hurricanes and tsunamis are treated as the serious natural catastrophes which could potentially cause a great harm to the humans. That is why it is really important to try and find effective ways of prediction and description of the subject phenomena, and these methods would be of great interest not only to the professional meteorologist but actually to all people.

The present volume is dedicated to the new research on the math descriptions of the hurricanes and tsunamis. Ferdinand Cap, the author, has presented the material in a very easy-to-follow manner which has made this work very useful for all researchers who are working in the field of mathematical modeling as well as hydrodynamics. The theoretical part of the book is rich with detailed formulas, calculations and very informative data tables. The author has tried to cover the tools and various computer tools that have never been applied earlier.

In fact, the thorough knowledge of those code is not a pre-requisite for the use of this volume; however, it would definitely be help to have some basic understanding of the associated calculations and the readers might get some knowledge of the subject program. Four chapters of the book provide the introduction to the wave physics, and cover the basic flow equations, water waves, and hurricanes.

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Today, we so glad to offer you a very useful and interesting monograph, the author of which is dealing with quite broad range of various subjects that all directly related to the basics mechanics of the sea waves. Paolo Coccotti, the author of this volume, has highlighted the results obtained during the recent theoretical researches of random waves generated by the wind.

The fresh-look approach to the established and proven theoretical concepts was applied by the author. The publication provides readers with numerous worked real-life examples for the design of various coastal and offshore marine structures. Another subject addressed within this publication is quasi-deterministic mechanics together with the loads commonly exerted by the 3D wave groups on offshore structures. This work would be primarily aimed to the graduate students and also professionals, scientists and researchers in the field of ocean engineering. 

However, the manner in which the content has been presented and arranged within this volume, has made it suitable even for the undergraduates. Some of the relatively complex theoretical concepts have been clearly explained plus duly supplemented with several informative live examples and case studies for easier and proper understanding. The title is covering statistical/deterministic topics relating to the mechanics of the waves...

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The main content of this volume prepared by Judith van Leeuwen, is presenting a culmination of a very interesting and important research project performed by the author, whose intention was to thoroughly explore the idea of the environmental governance of the maritime/offshore industry, looking from the historical perspective. The book opens with some introductory information, including the general info on the marine environment, governance, research questions etc.

The following chapter of has been mainly dedicated to the changing spheres of authority in the environmental governance, while the third chapter is dealing with the research methodology while the fourth and fifth chapters address changing authority in the maritime/offshore field. The other chapter is focusing on the comparison conducted of the environmental governance of the offshore vs shipping industries. The closing chapter of the volume contains the conclusions and reflection. The main portion of the document has been supplemented with the references and several appendices, summary, info on the conceptual framework, various established methods of research plus associated questions.

The environment protection is quite a new field of research and study, and that is the basic reason why there are no too many sources of info available on the subject matters. This, in turn, is what makes the present volume so valuable to all interested persons.

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In her book, Nilufer Oral has provided an excellent overview and examination of the mechanism of regional collaboration with the ultimate goal to protect and duly preserve the Black Sea's marine environment, within the frames of the relevant international legislation; in addition to that, the author performed the identification of all key components for the regional regime established on a basis of the very best legal practices available.

This volume will provide readers with a good and comprehensive overview of the modern challenges relating to the Black Sea, with the particular emphasis made on the biological diversity and fisheries, and sources of marine pollution from land and from vessels. Looking at the historical background of the regional collaboration in the above stated geographic area, we will see the comparison to the process of development of same within the international law.

The publication starts with the valuable information related to the historical development of that collaboration, followed by the chapters addressing the state of the Black Sea, and regional legal framework and marine bio-diversity in the area. Remaining chapters of the volume deal with the pollution, offshore activities that might potentially cause the pollution, current gaps in information, lessons learned and various recommendations. 

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The present publication is dedicated to the random ways - the ways of this type are considered maybe the most critical constituent of the marine environment. The reason for that is that the random waves are making the process of designing the maritime and offshore structures significantly differ from the design of the structures that are located ashore.

The author of the book, Yoshimi Goda, fully explores the theoretical concept of these waves as applicable to the design of the breakwaters and seawalls, as well as of the harbor structures for easier comprehension by the practical industry engineers. All theoretical aspects involved have also been discussed. The publication is deservedly treated as a Bible on this subject since it covers the theory of the design of the maritime structures in more details than many recognized standards do.

The engineers will for sure find this volume very useful because it provides a good overview of all existing methods of description of the waves in question, with the particular attention being paid to the extreme waves. The objective of the author of this volume was twofold - to provide the engineers with the useful tool to deal with random seas, and to serve as a very practical design handbook for graduate students.

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The present classic and quite rare volume is fully addressing the parabolic approximation to a problem of wave diffraction over a sea surface. While the established method of parabolic equation in propagation of the radio waves over the earth surface was first introduced by V. Fok nearly half a century ago, it has been observed that the popularity of subject method has grown quite drastically because of the ongoing development of the new computational methods, and this is done on the basis of the parabolic approximation.

This, in turn, resulted in the evolvement and further utilization of the several computational techniques applied to the analysis of propagation of the acoustic waves and radio waves in deterministic and random media. The publication is mainly concerned with the such important problem as the wave propagation over the sea surface in the atmospheric boundary layer and the analytical solution to this problem. The author has covered two basic math methods, depending mainly on the ease of getting the closed analytical solution.

However, the publication has not been intended to provide a complete step-by-step background to those mathematical methods; it is rather dedicated to the analysis and application of the different physical mechanisms directly associated with the diffraction, scattering and refraction, and their combined effect...

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This popular publication has already been widely recognized by all lovers of ocean and all people interested in marine environment, it was published by the NGDC, i.e. National Geographic Data Center. The questions that have been selected for this book are quite typical and popular. One of the purposes of this volume is to supply the correct answers to the commonly asked questions on marine science and oceanography.

It present factual materials to be used by younger people at literally all grades with the intention to stimulate their imagination and further interest to the subject, provoking the further study. Another goal of the authors was to provide the teachers with the suitable intro to selected marine science subjects. Each of the questions and corresponding answers is followed by specific references containing some additional info on that topic.

Of course, it should be understood that the answers presented in the volume might not cover some very subtle details and relevant complexities, taking into account that the authors have tried to limit the answers with 350 words to keep the book reasonably sized. Particular attention has been paid by them to presenting the answers in a very understandable manner so that the students of secondary schools could use it easily. As a result, considerable part of the book can even be used by junior readers.

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