Coastal and Marine Geo-Information Systems, Applying the by Eugene Thomas Long

By Eugene Thomas Long

This quantity contains a set of forty chapters by way of specialists facing the appliance of Geographical info structures (GIS), distant sensing, cartography, visualisation and worldwide Positioning structures (GPS) to coastal and marine environments world wide. Aimed essentially on the training marine and coastal area supervisor, it presents an up to date exam of the appliance of geo-information and spatial applied sciences to a variety of subject matters comparable to fisheries, coastal geomorphology, using remotely sensed imagery, coastal plants mapping, coastal pollutants, panorama ecology, and determination help platforms (DSS). viewers: This booklet could be necessary to researchers, managers and practitioners at coastal corporations, businesses and study facilities, in addition to pros within the marine and coastal GIS and distant sensing undefined.

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While little information currently exists for any proposals of an SMP covering the study area, it is important to recognise that it will be beneficial for conservation agencies, businesses and local residents, to discuss their concerns. At the same time, new defence and protection measures will be developed with respect to conservation priorities so that future conflicts may be avoided. In this way, coastal management is becoming properly integrated. There are, however, problems with basing coastal management solely on sediment cells.

Coastal landscapes have been produced by the natural forces of wind, waves and tides, and many are nationally or internationally important for their habitats and natural features. Past practices at the coast, such as the construction of harbours, jetties and traditional defence systems may have contributed to the deterioration of the coast. English Nature (1992) have argued that if practices and methods of coastal defence are allowed to continue, then coastlines would be faced with worsening consequences, including: The loss of mudflats and the birds which live on them Damage to geological Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and scenic heritage by erosion, due to the stabilisation of the coast elsewhere Cutting of sediment supplies to beaches resulting in the loss of coastal wildlife Cessation through isolation from coastal processes, of the natural operation of spits, with serious deterioration of rare plants, animals and geomorphological and scenic qualities (English Nature, 1992) A number of designations, provided by national and international legislation do exist to aid conservation.

1990) ‘Coastal zone management: comparisons and conflicts’, In: Planning - management of the coastal heritage, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, 45-49. Department of the Environment (1992) Planning Policy Guidance: Coastal Planning, PPG20, London, HMSO. Department of the Environment (1993) Coastal Planning and Management: A Review, London, HMSO. English Nature (1991) Marine Conservation Handbook, Peterborough, English Nature. English Nature (1992) Objectives for Coastal Conservation, Peterborough, English Nature.

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