Waves and Beaches has been trusted by generations of oceanographers, scientists, sailors, surfers, and anyone with an appreciation for the sea. Now fully revised and updated by Kim McCoy for the climate change era, the new edition is full of science on global warming and rising sea levels, providing clear explanations and detailed resources for the constant battle to preserve the shore.
KIM MCCOY is an oceanographer and adventurer who has been seduced by beaches and observed waves on all seven continents; smeared in the fluid mud of the Amazon, journeyed along the Mekong, Nile and Mississippi Deltas, traveled the Australian coastline, plunged into the Antarctic Ocean (without a wetsuit), crossed the Pacific, Atlantic, Drake’s Passage on ships and sailed a boat from Africa to the Caribbean. His ocean research began where the land and sea merge – with surf zone wave dynamics and continues today with the coastal effects of climate change. Expeditions from the tropics to polar oceans with multinational academic, commercial and governmental institutions helped McCoy pioneer advances in instrumentation, underwater communications, autonomous underwater vehicles and free-diving. Educated in Germany, France and the US, McCoy was presented with the Scientific Achievement Award in 2018 for his work as a Principal Scientist with NATO in Italy. Prior to Italy, he managed Ocean Sensors, Inc., was the Marine Technology Society Chair for Oceanographic Instrumentation and was awarded several patents. He recently completed an Ironman and says he will continue to swim, dive, surf, rock climb and paraglide until motion stops, viscosity ceases, buoyancy is overwhelmed.