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Belpaeme, K.; Maelfait, H. (2011). Belgium, in: Wright, D.J. et al. (Ed.) Coastal informatics: web atlas design and implementation. pp. 156-164
In: Wright, D.J. et al. (Ed.) (2011). Coastal informatics: web atlas design and implementation. Information Science Reference: Hershey. ISBN 978-1-61520-815-9. 321 pp., more

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Keywords
    Atlases; Coastal zone management; ANE, Belgium, Belgian Coast [Marine Regions]; Marine

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Abstract
    The Belgian Coastal Atlas was published as a book in 2004, triggered by reporting obligations regarding Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) for the European Commission on the state of the Belgian coast. Initially there was no intention to move towards a web version. The many enquiries for digital information and interactive maps led to the development of a web based atlas in 2005. This chapter describes the content and set-up of the Belgian coastal atlas, which is quite different from other online atlases. The usage statistics and the success of the atlas are analyzed. Future directions for the atlas are discussed and the possibility to link the atlas to coastal sustainability indicators is considered. The Belgian atlas should develop towards a policy support tool, supporting the ICZM process for a wide range of coastal actors, planners and managers.

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