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Definition of Coastal Wiki:
The Coastal Wiki - short name for Coastal and Marine Wikipedia - is an Internet encyclopaedia providing up-to-date high quality information for coastal professionals, which is continuously improved, complemented and updated by expert users.
See also Coastal Wiki: Why, What and for Whom?
This is the common definition for Coastal Wiki, other definitions can be discussed in the article

Welcome to the Coastal Wiki, your guide to coastal knowledge and experience

You may find information on any coastal topic by entering a corresponding term in the search window. “Go” will direct you to an article with this title (if such an article exists); “Search” will provide an overview of articles in which your search term appears. You will find an explanation of coastal terms and concepts in the Glossary.

We invite coastal and marine practitioners, policymakers and scientists to contribute to this new concept in sharing European knowledge and experience in integrated coastal zone management. You may contribute in several ways: you may improve or update an existing article, you may add a discussion page to an existing article or you may add a new topic.

Theme-wise development of the initial Coastal Wiki

The ENCORA theme coordinators ensure the coherence and comprehensiveness of the initial Coastal Wiki; they will review your contribution. The ENCORA themes deal with different aspects of coastal zone management and underlying scientific disciplines; together they provide a comprehensive overview of practical and scientific knowledge related to the terrestrial and marine coastal environment.

Encora Themes
Theme 1 : Social and economic aspects of ICZM Multifunctionality and Valuation.

Theme 1 - Social and economic aspects of ICZM Multifunctionality and Valuation.
Valuation of competing functions to optimise the societal use of coastal and marine resources.

Theme 2 : ICZM Participation and Implementation.

Theme 2 - ICZM Participation and Implementation.
Testing and improving methods to evaluate progress in the implementation of ICZM, including eGovernance.

Theme 3 : Coastal and marine spatial planning.

Theme 3 - Coastal and marine spatial planning.
Multiple-scale structuring of spatial coastal and marine planning and related decision-support systems for sustainable development.

Theme 4 : Pollution, prevention and mitigation.

Theme 4 - Pollution, prevention and mitigation.
Development and application of emerging methodologies for preventing, detecting and mitigating pollution and for identification of areas at risk.

Theme 5 : Long-term geomorphologic change and climate impacts.

Theme 5 - Long-term geomorphologic change and climate impacts.
Promoting development, demonstration & dissemination of new and emerging models & methodologies for prediction of changes to coastal systems.

Theme 6 : Effect of development and use on eco-morphology and coastal habitats.

Theme 6 - Effect of development and use on eco-morphology and coastal habitats.
Impact-assessment tools and environmental techniques for recovery of coastal habitats.

Theme 7 : Assessment of biodiversity change.

Theme 7 - Assessment of biodiversity change.
Testing and improving an ecological valuation protocol for the coastal and marine environment.

Theme 8 : New sustainable coastal engineering techniques.

Theme 8 - New sustainable coastal engineering techniques.
Cataloguing innovative coastal engineering techniques to solve practical coastal protection issues.

Theme 9 : Assessment of field observation techniques.

Theme 9 - Assessment of field observation techniques.
New and emerging tools and practices for coastal and marine observation, with focus on remote sensing and remotely controlled measuring devices.

Theme 10 : Capacity Building, Training and Education.

Theme 10 - Capacity Building, Training and Education.
Comparative assessment of ICZM training and education programmes.

How to contribute to the Coastal Wiki

We welcome your contribution, but during the present constructional phase we have to make sure that it fits the outline of the initial Coastal Wiki. The requirement of an editing authorisation for contributors is a major difference with the general wikipedia. Anonymous contributions are precluded; authors and co-authors of articles or article revisions are explicitly acknowledged. The access to the Coastal Wiki is free to any coastal and marine stakeholder, but only experts registered in the Wiki Contact Database are entitled to enter new information. Editing authorisations will be granted to users with a professional background, checked by the coordinators of the national networks established by ENCORA. If you have not yet an editing authorisation we ask you to send your contribution (new article, revision/update of existing article) and your contact details to your national network coordinator or to . You will receive on short notice an answer from the coordinator of the theme where your contribution best fits. You will be registered in the Contact Database and you will receive an editing authorisation, eventually with some additional instructions.

The Coastal Wiki is primarily meant for disseminating knowledge to a broader audience than the circles of specialists working at the frontiers of science. It is not meant for publishing original research; it is a vehicle for disseminating knowledge complementary to the traditional peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Read the Coastal Wiki Rules and Excellent article before starting to write your contribution.

How to edit

There are several tutorials for editing Wiki text and for preparing a pleasant and functional layout. They are described in How to edit.