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Crowded coasts

Competition for coasts

Why is the coastal zone attractive to developers?
Coasts traditionally attracted settlement
European countries built around natural ports for trade
Australia and USA inhabitants mostly live around coastal regions
In developing countries-coastal migration fuelled by new employment
opportunities
Western economies retirement and tourism are the…

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9% of Florida lies less than 2metres above sea level-regularly
experiences hurricanes-major problem along with coastal
flooding-damage costs rising.

How can these problems be managed...?

Coping with the pressure

Until demand begins to exceed supply, the competition is usually resolved
by sharing out land among competing users. Activities such as…

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Risk from coastal erosion and flooding cause some social, economic and
environmental impacts on coastal areas, further increasing the risk. There
are three different situations to bear in mind:
1. Rapid erosion
2. Increased flooding
3. tidal waves

Fieldwork information
Slapton
Sidmouth
Thames estuary
Maybe look into the Holderness coastline…

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Coastal management is based on whether the threat is from erosion or
flooding. In developing shoreline management plan, hour broad options
them become available:
1. do nothing
2. retreat the line
3. hold the line
4. advance the line

Look at different management strategies in place along start bay. Why…

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