Protecting the Gulf’s Marine Ecosystems from Pollution

  • Abdulaziz H. Abuzinada
  • Hans-Jörg Barth
  • Friedhelm Krupp
  • Benno Böer
  • Thabit Zahran Al Abdessalaam

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Hans-Jörg Barth, Nuzrat Yar Khan
    Pages 1-21
  3. Abdul Munem Mohamed Al-Janahi
    Pages 107-130
  4. Ronald A. Loughland, Baby Saji
    Pages 131-145
  5. Khadija Zainal, Hashim Al-Sayed, Ismail Al-Madany
    Pages 147-162
  6. Roy Facey
    Pages 163-189
  7. David Alan Jones, Miles Hayes, Friedhelm Krupp, Gino Sabatini, Iain Watt, Lee Weishar
    Pages 237-254
  8. Thomas Höpner, Khalid Ali Al-Shaikh
    Pages 265-272
  9. Lee Weishar, Ian Watt, David A. Jones, David Aubrey
    Pages 273-279
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 281-285

About this book


The Gulf is endowed with valuable natural resources and a great biodiversity of plant and animal species. Sustainable living in the Gulf area is dependent upon such resources provided by the sea. Large areas of its coastal zone including important marine habitats are currently threatened by increasing stress on the Gulf ecosystem due to an accelerated coastal development during the last few years. Some of the world’s largest landfill and dredging projects are found in the coastal areas, and the world’s main crude oil shipping routes pass through the open sea. A variety of human impacts are contributing to marine pollution, such as oil, sediments, waste, thermal, chemical, and other forms of pollution.

This volume reviews present sources and levels of pollution in the Gulf, assesses their causes and effects on biota and ecosystems, and identifies gaps and obstacles currently preventing an effective integrated transboundary management of the marine and coastal resources. It highlights preventive and remedial measures reducing levels of pollution and mitigating adverse impacts.

The book is an important source of information for environmental managers, researchers, administrators, and decision makers, contributing towards an improved environmental management.


Gulf Sediment UNESCO biodiversity coastal environment development ecosystem ecosystems environment marine pollution natural resources organization pollution temperature vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Abdulaziz H. Abuzinada
    • 1
  • Hans-Jörg Barth
    • 2
  • Friedhelm Krupp
    • 3
  • Benno Böer
    • 4
  • Thabit Zahran Al Abdessalaam
    • 5
  1. 1.Khaled Bin Sultan Living Oceans FoundationRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. 2.Department of GeographyRuprecht-Karls-Universität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Senckenberg Research Institute and National History MuseumFrankfurt a.M.Germany
  4. 4.UNESCO DohaDohaQatar
  5. 5.Marine Environment Research CentreEnvironmental Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD)Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

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