Joop Varekamp and Ellen Thomas are the authors of three chapters included in a reference volume for Long Island Sound. The book, Long Island Sound: Prospects for the Urban Sea, is published by Springer in 2013. Varekamp is the Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, professor of earth and environmental sciences, professor of environmental studies. Thomas is research professor of earth and environmental sciences.
Varekamp co-authored a chapter titled “Metals, Organic Compounds and Nutrients in Long Island Sound: Sources, Magnitudes, Trends and Impacts,” and another chapter titled “The Physical Oceanography of Long Island Sound.” Thomas co-authored a chapter titled “Biology and Ecology of the Long Island Sound.”
Varekamp and Thomas worked on the book for about six years. The last comprehensive Long Island Sound book was published in the early 1970s.
“We hope that it will be the reference volume for Long Island Sound for some decades to come,” Varekamp said.