Global context of coastal change -- Atmospheric-driven changes -- Sea level rise -- Alteration of freshwater discharges -- Alteration of sediment transport -- Loss of coastal habitats -- Petroleum hydrocarbons -- Chlorinated hydrocarbons -- Metals -- Introduction of exotic species -- Harvest of finfish and shellfish -- Eutrophication -- Other agents of coastal change -- Summing up. "Global Coastal Change provides a comprehensive overview of the environmental factors changing the marine systems of the world. Evaluating the evidence of change at a local and global level, this important text examines a wide range of factors affecting coastal environments. These factors include atmospheric changes, sea level rise, alterations in freshwater and sediment use and transport, toxins, overfishing, alien species, and eutrophication."--Jacket.