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This international collection of papers represents a selected and up-to-date overview of some of the main areas of research into the application of the geospatial technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), remote sensing, digital mapping, global positioning systems (GPS), databases, Internet technology, and mobile field-data collection and mapping, to coastal and marine environments around the World. Aimed at the researcher, editor, practitioner and student, this volume seeks to expand the available literature in a rapidly expanding and evolving area, namely the coastal and marine environment. The book comes at a time when there is growing concern about global warming, climate change, and sea level rise, all of which will have an impact upon coastal areas. These geospatial technologies offer the possibility to gather unique environmental data to study the coast, to process the data into information, to visualise data and landscapes, to gather data in the field, and to involve stakeholders in coastal management amongst other things. Considerable potential now exists to raise awareness, to educate and to embrace these technologies as one way to promote greater knowledge and understanding of our marine and coastal environments.
Preface Part I. Information Networks, SDI and Information Systems A Metadata Service for Managing Spatial Resources of Coastal Areas The Development of an Australian Marine Spatial Information System (AMSIS) to Support Australian Government Ocean Policy and Multi-Use Marine Activities Spatial Data Infrastructure in the Management of the Lagos Lagoon Harmonising Marine Information Exchange in Ireland Creating Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure for the UK Unlocking the Marine Data Treasure Chest The European Marie Curie Project 'ECO-IMAGINE' Coastal Ocean Information Network (ATLANTIC) - From Concept to Reality: A Status Report A National Database on Coastal Dunes: Emilia-Romagna and Southern Veneto Littorals (Italy) Establishment of Marine and Coastal Spatial Data Infrastructure in Indonesia Part II. GIS Tools Prestige Marine Pollution: A GIS Tool Aquaculture in Sicily: Ecological and Economic Aspects Soft Copy Photogrammetry to Measure Shore Platform Erosion on Decadal Time Scales Regionalizing Coastal Zones with Geospatial Tools for Integrated Coastal Zone Management Applying Geospatial Technologies to WEEDMAT monitoring and mapping: The Ythan Estuary, NE Scotland 'Ythanview' – Visualizing an Estuary and Virtual Fieldwork at the Ythan Estuary, Scotland, UK Analysis of Long-Term Changes of a Sandy Shoreline Utilising High-Resolution Aerial Photography GIS in the Trilateral Monitoring and Assessment Program (TMAP) Integrating GIS with Hydrodynamic Model for Wastewater Disposal and Management: Pearl River Estuary Geographic Information Systems and Sustainable Water ResourcesManagement in Nigeria Spatial Analysis of Traffic and Risks in the Coastal Zone Part III. Spatial Planning Predictive Models to Inform Spatial Planning for Scottish Marine Fish Farms Towards a GIS-Based Methodology for Marine Protected Area Zoning Functional Connected Areas in Regional Planning: Sea and Land Uses Interaction The Development of Coastal Information Systems: The Role of Networks in Bringing Spatial Analysis into Planning and Management Part IV. Coastal Geomorphology GIS Tool for Coastal Morphodynamics Analysis Paros Island (Cyclades, Aegean Sea), Coastal Zone: Natural Processes and Dynamics Palaeogeographic Evolution of the Cyclades Islands (Greece) During the Holocene Structural Control of Geomorphological Evolution of Meganissi Island (Ionian Sea) Coastal Zone and Natural Hazard Risk Detection Based on Fuzzy Sets A Simple and Efficient Methodology to Assess Long-Term Shoreline Evolution - Case Study Study of Human Induced Recent Geomorphological and Land Use Changes of the Acheloos Delta Area in Western Greece Using GIS Part V. The Coastal Environment Multi-Functional Assessment of Coastal Landscape with Climate Change A GIS for Managing Past Knowledge in Coastal Defence Planning Part VI. Coastal Hazards and Vulnerability Environmental Indicators GIS of the Catalonian Coast Geohazards and Geographic Information in the Coast of Tarragona (Spain) Assessing the Vulnerability of Asian Megadeltas to Climate Change Using GIS Color Plates Index