The Coast and Beyond: Multiple Use, Conflicts and Management Challenges

This chapter describes how it is very important to understand where the coastal zone ends and where the ocean starts. There would not be a shoreline or a coastal zone without an ocean. The coastal zone is where the land, the ocean, the ocean floor, and the atmosphere all meet. The coast may thus be defined as that zone of linkage, or the zone that links land to sea. Many scientifically based definitions of the coastal zone have been provided or suggested. One is that “the coastal zone is the band of the dry land and adjacent open space in which ecology and use directly affect ocean space and vice versa.” Another defines it as “an area of variable width which extends seaward to the edge of the continental shelf, but which has no distinct landward demarcation. It is within this zone that man’ activities can interrupt or destroy natural ecosystems and natural processes whether biological, chemical, or physical. Other definitions have been used to define the coastal zone with reference to specific areas, like the areas of the Straits of Malacca and the Seas of East China. Note should be taken to the fact that the definition of the coast varies as the knowledge of the coasts and oceans increases.

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  • Publication Date: 2008-1


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 131-154
  • Monograph Title: Securing the Oceans. Essays on Ocean Governance. Global and Regional Perspectives

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  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789718120224
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 2009 4:19PM