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Featured Books—October 2015 Issue

Ocean Country: One Woman’s Voyage from Peril to Hope in her Quest to Save the Seas

By Liz Cunningham
Paperback. 376 pp. North Atlantic. $12.71

An adventure story, a call to action, and a poetic meditation on the state of the seas, Ocean Country is the story of finding true hope in the midst of one of the greatest crises to face humankind, the rapidly degrading state of our environment. After a near-drowning accident in which she was temporarily paralyzed, Liz Cunningham crisscrosses the globe in an effort to understand the threats to our dazzling but endangered oceans. This intimate account charts her thrilling journey through unexpected encounters with conservationists, fishermen, sea nomads, and scientists in the Mediterranean, Sulawesi, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Papua, New Guinea.

Tsunamis in the Pacific Ocean: 2011-2012

Edited by Alexander Rabinovich, Jose C. Borrero, and Hermann M. Fritz
Paperback. 366 pp. Springer. $74.99

The 2011 Tohoku earthquake generated a catastrophic tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people along the coast of Japan and caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The tsunami propagated throughout the Pacific Ocean and also affected many other countries, including Russia, the U.S., New Zealand, French Polynesia and Chile, demonstrating once again the terrible threat that tsunami waves pose for Pacific countries and the need for basin-wide international scientific collaboration. Following a brief introduction, this volume presents 21 scientific papers, including 12 on aspects of the 2011 Tohoku event.

The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present and Future Of Rising Sea Levels

By Brian Fagan
Hardcover. 288 pp. Bloomsbury Press. $21.85

This book tells a tale of the rising complexity of the relationship between humans and the sea at their doorsteps; a complexity created by humans. What has changed is us, and the number of us on Earth.

Coastal Ocean Observing Systems

Edited by Yonggang Liu, Heather Kerkering, and Robert H. Weisberg Paperback. 490 pp. Academic Press. $123.34

Coastal Ocean Observing Systems provides state-of-the-art scientific and technological knowledge on these systems, along with guidance on establishing, restructuring, and improving similar systems. The book is intended to help oceanographers understand, identify, and recognize how oceanographic research feeds into the various designs of ocean-observing systems. In addition, readers will learn how ocean-observing systems are defined and how each system operates in relation to its geographical, environmental, and political region.

Sea Technology is read worldwide in more than 110 countries by management, engineers, scientists and technical personnel working in industry, government and educational research institutions. Readers are involved with oceanographic research, fisheries management, offshore oil and gas exploration and production, undersea defense including antisubmarine warfare, ocean mining and commercial diving.