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Pilkey, Orrin H. 1934-

Works: 98 works in 307 publications in 2 languages and 18,369 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Narrator, Speaker
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Most widely held works about Orrin H Pilkey
Most widely held works by Orrin H Pilkey
Useless arithmetic : why environmental scientists can't predict the future by Orrin H Pilkey( )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 2,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book offers fascinating case studies depicting how the seductiveness of quantitative models has led to unmanageable nuclear waste disposal practices, poisoned mining sites, unjustifiable faith in predicted sea level rise rates, bad predictions of future shoreline erosion rates, overoptimistic cost estimates of artificial beaches, and a host of other thorny problems. The authors demonstrate how many modelers have been reckless, employing fudge factors to assure "correct" answers and caring little if their models actually worked."--Jacket
The rising sea by Orrin H Pilkey( )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 2,236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the coming decades, hundreds of thousands of "environmental refugees" will be forced to search for new homes. Some of the world's largest and most important cities will face massive flooding. Small coastal towns and entire island nations will be abandoned. In The Rising Sea geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and Rob Young warn that sea level rise isn't a distant, abstract fear: it's happening right now. Prominent scientists predict that ocean levels may climb by as much as seven feet in the next hundred years. That means coastal cities, from Miami to Mumbai, will be forced to construct immensely expensive seawalls tor to relocate entirely. Pilkey and Young guide readers through the facts and debunk the bogus claims of climate change "skeptics." They show that, without thoughtful planning, the economic and human consequences of sea level rise will be disastrous."--Dust jacket flap
The world's beaches by Orrin H Pilkey( )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 2,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Take this book to the beach; it will open up a whole new world. Illustrated throughout with color photographs, maps, and graphics, it explores one of the planet's most dynamic environments, from tourist beaches to Arctic beaches strewn with ice chunks to steaming hot tropical shores. It tells how beaches work, explains why they vary so much, and shows how dramatic changes can occur on them in a matter of hours. It discusses tides, waves, and wind; the patterns of dunes, washover fans, and wrack lines; and the shape of berms, bars, shell lags, cusps, ripples, and blisters. What is the world's longest beach? Why do some beaches sing when you walk on them? Why do some have dark rings on their surface and tiny holes scattered far and wide? This guide also considers the future of beaches, and explains how extensively people have affected them, from coastal engineering to pollution, oil spills, and rising sea levels
Retreat from a rising sea : hard decisions in an age of climate change by Orrin H Pilkey( )

14 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 1,467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melting ice sheets and warming oceans are causing the seas to rise. By the end of this century, hundreds of millions of people living at low elevations along coasts will be forced to retreat to higher and safer ground. Because of sea-level rise, major storms will inundate areas farther inland and will lay waste to critical infrastructure, such as water-treatment and energy facilities, creating vast, irreversible pollution by decimating landfills and toxic-waste sites. This big-picture, policy-oriented book explains in gripping terms what rising oceans will do to coastal cities and the drastic actions we must take now to remove vulnerable populations. The authors detail specific threats faced by Miami, New Orleans, New York, and Amsterdam. Aware of the overwhelming social, political, and economic challenges that would accompany effective action, they consider the burden to the taxpayer and the logistics of moving landmarks and infrastructure, including toxic-waste sites. They also show readers the alternative: thousands of environmental refugees, with no legitimate means to regain what they have lost. The authors conclude with effective approaches for addressing climate-change denialism and powerful arguments for reforming U.S. federal coastal management policies
The beaches are moving : the drowning of America's shoreline by Wallace Kaufman( Book )

12 editions published between 1979 and 1983 in English and held by 1,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our beaches are eroding, sinking, washing out right under our houses, hotels, bridges; vacation dreamlands become nightmare scenes of futile revetments, fills, groins, what have you—all thrown up in a frantic defense against the natural system. The romantic desire to live on the seashore is in doomed conflict with an age-old pattern of beach migration. Yet it need not be so. Conservationist Wallace Kaufman teams up with marine geologist Orrin H. Pilkey Jr., in an evaluation of America's beaches from coast to coast, giving sound advice on how to judge a safe beach development from
A celebration of the world's Barrier islands by Orrin H Pilkey( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Carolina Outer Banks to New York's Fire Island, from Iceland to the Netherlands and Colombia to Vietnam, barrier islands protect much of the world's coastlines from the ravages of the sea. Although these islands are vastly different in many ways, they also share many common features. Most dramatic among these is their dynamism--barrier islands are in almost constant motion, their advances and retreats powerful testimony to the force and beauty of nature--and their vulnerability in the face of a different kind of force, commercial and residential development. This first-of-its-kind survey of barrier islands around the globe had its genesis in 1993, when geologist Orrin Pilkey met artist Mary Edna Fraser at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina. They soon realized they shared a passion for the barriers, one heightened by the many threats the islands face from development and global warming. These fragile and irreplaceable jewels, Pilkey and Fraser determined, needed to be better understood, and, as important, to be seen in a new way, if they were to be saved. Every bit as dynamic as the islands they depict, Mary Edna Fraser's spectacular original batik artwork (silk cloth colored by hand using a modern variation of an ancient dyeing technique) has been exhibited in both science and art museums. Combined with Orrin Pilkey's engaging and informative text, they create a treasure of a book that is at once beautiful and rigorously scientific. Pilkey identifies three major types of barriers--coastal plains, Arctic, and delta--each with its own geological characteristics and particular morphologies, which are themselves shaped by several factors, including the absence or presence of underlying rock formations, tidal patterns, and vegetation. Employing the latest advances in geological mapping, Pilkey also identifies traces of ancient barriers marking long-lost shorelines--a further reminder that in the geological dance of land and sea, change is the only constant.--
The last beach by Orrin H Pilkey( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Last Beach is an urgent call to save the world's beaches while there is still time. The geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper sound the alarm in this frank assessment of our current relationship with beaches and their grim future if we do not change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores. Combining case studies and anecdotes from around the world, they argue that many of the world's developed beaches, including some in Florida and in Spain, are virtually doomed and that we must act immediately to save imperiled beaches. After explaining beaches as dynamic ecosystems, Pilkey and Cooper assess the harm done by dense oceanfront development accompanied by the construction of massive seawalls to protect new buildings from a shoreline that encroaches as sea levels rise. They discuss the toll taken by sand mining, trash that washes up on beaches, and pollution, which has contaminated not only the water but also, surprisingly, the sand. Acknowledging the challenge of reconciling our actions with our love of beaches, the geologists offer suggestions for reversing course, insisting that given the space, beaches can take care of themselves and provide us with multiple benefits."--Publisher's description
Shelf sediment transport: process and pattern( Book )

12 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in 3 languages and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume contains papers presented in a symposium on Shelf Sediment Transport conducted at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America held in Washington, D.C., November 1971
The Corps and the shore by Orrin H Pilkey( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Corps and the Shore, Orrin H. Pilkey, the nation's most outspoken coastal geologist, and Katharine L. Dixon, an educator and activist for national coastal policy reform, provide a comprehensive examination of the impact of coastal processes on developed areas and the ways in which the Corps of Engineers has attempted to manage erosion along America's coastline. Through detailed case studies, the authors demonstrate the shortcomings of the Corps' underlying assumptions and methodology. As they discuss the role of local citizens in the project process, they highlight the interaction between local Corps offices and community officials and residents. By focusing on different types of problems in various regions of the country, Pilkey and Dixon clearly show how the Corps has repeatedly failed to act in the best interest of those most affected by the projects. As well as criticizing Corps practices, the authors provide numerous suggestions for reforming the Corps and making it both more scientifically accountable and more accountable to the citizens it is intended to serve
Geology of continental slopes( Book )

12 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Continental slopes are the edges of continental blocks, the zones of change from continental crust to oceanic crust. They are critical links in the chain of sedimentary processes that eventually carry sediment to the true ocean basin floor. Spurred by the recognition that a key portion of the margin has been overlooked and by the extension of hydrocarbon exploration into ever deeper waters, interest in continental slopes burgeoned. In response a special symposium was convened sponsored by SEPM and AAPG at the 1978 meeting in Oklahoma City. This volume, a result of that meeting, is comprised of papers presented at that time
Reconnaissance geology of the submerged and emerged Coastal Plain province, Cape Lookout area, North Carolina by Robert B Mixon( Book )

7 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Description of the geomorphology, lithology, stratigraphy, sedimentary facies, fossils, and depositional environments of the latest Tertiary and the Quateruary deposits of the Cape Lookout area
Global climate change : a primer by Orrin H Pilkey( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: An internationally recognized expert on the geology of barrier islands, Orrin H. Pilkey is one of the rare academics who engage in public advocacy about science-related issues. He has written dozens of books and articles explaining coastal processes to lay readers, and he is a frequent and outspoken interviewee in the mainstream media. Here, the colorful scientist takes on climate change deniers in an outstanding and much-needed primer on the science of global change and its effects. After explaining the greenhouse effect, Pilkey, writing with son Keith, turns to the damage it is causing: sea level rise, ocean acidification, glacier and sea ice melting, changing habitats, desertification, and the threats to animals, humans, coral reefs, marshes, and mangroves. These explanations are accompanied by Mary Edna Fraser's stunning batiks depicting the large-scale arenas in which climate change plays out. The Pilkeys directly confront and rebut arguments typically advanced by global change deniers. Particularly valuable are their discussions of "Climategate," a manufactured scandal that undermined respect for the scientific community, and the denial campaigns by the fossil fuel industry, which they compare to the tactics used by the tobacco companies a generation ago to obfuscate findings on the harm caused by cigarettes
Sea-level fluctuation and coastal evolution : based on a symposium in honor of William Armstrong Price by William Armstrong Price( Book )

13 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume the result of a symposium in honor of W. Armstrong Price held at the first SEPM Midyear Meeting at San Jose, California, on August 12, 1984. The factors controlling relative sea-level change along our shores are varied and, at best, imperfectly understood. Yet, the relative rate of change is what controls shoreline erosion, the arrangement of sedimentary facies of the coastal zone, and the character of deformities within the coastal stratigraphic record. Therefore, these papers address sea-level changes, shoreline responses, and the controls on the three-dimensional geometry of the consequent lithosomes; in short, the architecture of the coastal depositional systems
Atlantic coast beaches : a guide to ripples, dunes, and other natural features of the seashore by William J Neal( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At first glance, the beach may appear to be an endless, flat, monotone landscape meant only for swimming, snoozing, or working on your tan. Upon closer inspection, though, the beach reveals myriad treasures for the curious to locate, such as ephemeral beach ripples decorating the sand, traces of miniature organisms inscribed on dunes, and armored mudballs. Atlantic Coast beaches from Maine to Florida are full of amazing features formed by the interactions between tides, currents, bedrock, weather, beach critters, and more." "Written for a general audience, this book covers everything from microscopic nematodes to the potentially cataclysmic changes occurring along the coastline due to rising sea level. Its clear writing, illustrative photographs, and instructive diagrams answer some interesting questions, such as why do some sands bark and sing, how do miniature sand volcanoes form, and how do barrier islands migrate? Book jacket."--Jacket
Pitfalls of shoreline stabilization : selected case studies by J. Andrew G Cooper( )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living by the rules of the sea by David M Bush( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's most vulnerable coastal communities( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sea level is rising, and yet Americans continue to develop beaches with little regard. In this volume, a group of coastal geologists discusses the startling saga of ten U.S. East and Gulf Coast shoreline communities (plus Puerto Rico and some western Europe strands) and the problems created by their inevitable interaction with natural processes in this highly dynamic geologic environment. The authors discuss the geologic context of the hazards of each site as the history of societal responses and their environmental impacts. Response to the natural coastal processes that threaten lives and buildings is carried out in a context of local, state and national politics with fixed short-term engineering solutions (beach replenishment, seawalls) generally favored over longer-term approaches (moving back, prohibition of seawalls). This essential GSA Special Paper foreshadows the impending rise of sea level and the myriad of shoreline responses and political controversies it will provoke."--Publisher's description
Coastal land loss( )

9 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living with the coast of Alaska by Owen K Mason( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Currituck to Calabash : living with North Carolina's barrier islands by Orrin H Pilkey( Book )

7 editions published between 1978 and 1982 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The world's beaches
The rising seaThe world's beachesThe beaches are moving : the drowning of America's shorelineA celebration of the world's Barrier islandsThe Corps and the shoreGlobal climate change : a primerAtlantic coast beaches : a guide to ripples, dunes, and other natural features of the seashoreLiving by the rules of the sea
Alternative Names
Orrin Hendren Pilkey

Pilkey, O.H. 1934-

Pilkey, O. H. (Orrin H.), 1934-

Pilkey, Orrin 1934-

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