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Spatial data management priorities for assessment of Europe’s coasts and seas
Meiner, A. (2013). Spatial data management priorities for assessment of Europe’s coasts and seas. J. Coast. Conserv. 17(2): 271-277. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s11852-011-0173-0
In: Journal of Coastal Conservation. Opulus/Springer: Uppsala. ISSN 1400-0350, more
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Keywords
    Assessment; Coasts; Data sharing; Integration; Seas; Spatial data; Marine

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Abstract
    Systemic understanding of marine and coastal environment needs data integration following a respective concept e.g. multi-dimensional and functional mapping. A number of new activities will improve data supply for coasts and seas. This data needs to be integrated and combined with socio-economic drivers and resulting pressures. Resulting knowledge base should be able to inform effectively ecosystem-based management actions, such as integrated coastal zone management, maritime spatial planning, extension of Natura 2000 areas or climate change adaptation in coastal regions and maritime sectors. Assessment that aims to inform such processes will require rethinking of priorities for spatial data collection and analysis, in particular building on data sharing and standardization, improved spatial data integration, promoting interoperability of relevant information systems and possibility of assimilating different data types in to models. Different aspects of spatial data should be addressed in coherent implementation of spatial data infrastructure.

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