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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(2), 391-407; doi:10.3390/ijgi3020391
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A Dynamic GIS as an Efficient Tool for Integrated Coastal Zone Management

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Received: 19 September 2013 / Revised: 26 February 2014 / Accepted: 5 March 2014 / Published: 26 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Coastal GIS)
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Abstract

This contribution addresses both the role of geographical information in participatory research of coastal zones, and its potential to bridge the gap between research and coastal zone management. Over a one year period, heterogeneous data (spatial, temporal, qualitative and quantitative) were obtained which included the process of interviews, storing in a spatio-temporal database. The GIS (Geographic Information System) produced temporal snapshots of daily human activity patterns allowing it to map, identify and quantify potential space-time conflicts between activities. It was furthermore used to facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge at various levels: by mapping, simulation, GIS analysis and data collection. Results indicated that both captured data and the participatory workshop added real value to management and therefore it was deemed well managed by stakeholders. To incorporate a dynamic GIS would enhance pro-active integrated management by opening the path for better discussions whilst permitting management simulated scenarios.
Keywords: GIS; Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM); supervised maritime activities; management scenarios; participatory workshop; spatio-temporal database GIS; Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM); supervised maritime activities; management scenarios; participatory workshop; spatio-temporal database
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Gourmelon, F.; Le Guyader, D.; Fontenelle, G. A Dynamic GIS as an Efficient Tool for Integrated Coastal Zone Management. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3, 391-407.

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