"The Coastal Ocean" is a derivative of the "Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, 2nd Edition, and serves as an important reference on coastal oceanography in one convenient and accessible source. Its selection of articles provides current knowledge and expertise in the areas of: rivers, estuaries and fjords; salt marshes, lagoons, beaches and rocky shores; corals and reefs; groundwater seepage; ice and permafrost; waves, tides, surges, tsunami and seiches; topography and sea level; plankton and benthos; management, mariculture and fisheries; pollution; sediments, slides, slumps and cycling; circulation and models; remote sensing by acoustics, aircraft and satellites; and, rigs, structures and shipping. "The Coastal Ocean" serves as an ideal reference for topical research. It references related articles in coastal oceanography to facilitate further research. It is richly illustrated with figures and tables that aid in understanding key concepts. It includes an introductory overview and then explores each topic in detail, making it useful to experts and graduate-level researchers. Topical arrangement makes it the perfect desk reference.