The following examples of the need for, or the
use of, GIS in coastal management are intended to illustrate
the challenges and benefits of using GIS, and also how
GIS can be implemented. At the end of each example are
contact details if you wish to find out more about any
of the examples.
and Ierissos Gulfs, Greece.
This example describes the study area as a complex multiple
use zone, intensively used for tourism and natural resource
exploitation. The area is also subject to uncontrolled
development and deteriorating environmental conditions.
This example illustrates the complexities of a real
coastal zone and highlights the need for high quality
geographic information in order to make sound management
This example identifies the need to establish a Coastal
Observatory to retain geographic data and to organise
a coastal monitoring programme. This example also identifies
clearly the need for adequate information management
to inform coastal management decisions. Kavala
In this example, "unorganised and dispersed" data is
identified as a central problem in the implementation
of a coastal management programme. The example describes
a GIS and databank set up to address this need. Epirus
Long, Duich and Alsh, Scotland.
This example describes the data management needs resulting
from the implementation of the EU Habitats Directive
and the need to identify Special Areas of Conservation.
The role of GIS in the collection, management, analysis
and presentation of relevant data is explained. Lochs
Long, Duich Alsh example
Sea, Netherlands, Germany and Denmark
In this example, GIS is
used to determine the feasibility of the establishment
of a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area in the Wadden Sea.
GIS is used to map environmental values, maritime risk
and, through spatial analysis, identify potential PSSA
and Azov Seas
example is taken from the Black Sea Environment Programme
to develop a spatial plan for the Black and Azov Seas.
It explains the context of the use of GIS, the methodology
used and a flow diagram displaying the analytical procedures.
and Azov Seas example