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Methodological approach of coastal areas concerning typology and spatial indicators, in the context of integrated management and environmental assessment
Kiousopoulos, J. (2008). Methodological approach of coastal areas concerning typology and spatial indicators, in the context of integrated management and environmental assessment. J. Coast. Conserv. 12(1): 19-25. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s11852-008-0019-6
In: Journal of Coastal Conservation. Opulus/Springer: Uppsala. ISSN 1400-0350, more
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  • Kiousopoulos, J.

Abstract
    The general objective of this paper is to trigger off the development of a more comprehensive approach to Hellenic coastal areas (in the perspective of territorial cohesion), at local level and especially along the non-urban areas close to the sea. Methodological issues linked to the building of an appropriate coastal database constitute the key goal of this paper (the space and time scale, the relationship to the already proposed set of indicators, the impact of driving forces and policies, the possible sources of data and their feasibility etc.). Furthermore, specific emphasis should be given to the choice of new indicators, particularly for the coastal abiotic environment and the land cover/uses along coastal areas, especially near the seafront. Those indicators should be able to aid the formation (in the near future) of an algorithm linked to the total man-made activities in coastal areas. In conclusion, this paper will be considered successful if the just above illustrated objectives could enrich the argument about the typology of coastal areas and the development of a spatial (coastal) observatory. Actually, this paper is part of a broader research of the author regarding the monitoring of coastal spatial changes in different scales (AMICA, “Appraisal of man-made interventions along the Hellenic coastal areas”). This research aims to broaden the coastal knowledge (not only by means of coastal data) on behalf of all stakeholders been implicated into sustainable spatial planning, integrated coastal management and the strategic environmental assessment along coastal areas.

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