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Geoinformatics for Marine and Coastal Management

1st Edition

Edited by Darius Bartlett, Louis Celliers

CRC Press

414 pages | 64 Color Illus. | 63 B/W Illus.

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Geoinformatics for Marine and Coastal Management provides a timely and valuable assessment of the current state of the art geoinformatics tools and methods for the management of marine systems. This book focuses on the cutting-edge coverage of a wide spectrum of activities and topics such as GIS-based application of drainage basin analysis, contribution of ontology to marine management, geoinformatics in relation to fisheries management, hydrography, indigenous knowledge systems, and marine law enforcement. The authors present a comprehensive overview of the field of Geoinformatic Applications in Marine Management covering key issues and debates with specific case studies illustrating real-world applications of the GIS technology. This "box of tools" serves as a long-term resource for coastal zone managers, professionals, practitioners, and students alike on the management of oceans and the coastal fringe, promoting the approach of allowing sustainable and integrated use of oceans to maximize opportunities while keeping risks and hazards to a minimum.


"Particular strength of this volume is the ability to demonstrate how the new data and technologies serve the governance and decision-making. As such the book becomes a revealing journey on the boundaries – between land and sea, information technologies and management, remote sensing and crowdsourcing, and still remains relevant to practical needs of fisheries, energy, emergency rescue, law enforcement, hydrography, or vulnerability assessment – serving the overall goal of advancing ecosystem-based management approach."

—Andrus Meiner, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark

"This book is an excellent vision into the geotemporal nature and challenge of marine and coastal systems. The variety of technical, scientific, and management issues are confronted in Geographical Information Science terms and illuminated by instructive examples. And, rather than a litany of individual cases, the chapters portray the integrative character of the marine and coastal environment and the opportunities to apply innovative approaches as well as to use the products of our increasing database in this mileau."

— Norbert P. Psuty, Rutgers University, Sandy Hook, New Jersey, USA

"This book is a must read for students who want an overview of the range of issues to be considered in coastal management and how geoinformatic tools contribute to such management. The book is also very relevant for those active in the field who require to be updated on the latest developments and trends in relation to how we manage our coasts and oceans."

— Ned Dwyer, EurOcean - the European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal

"Geoinformatics for Marine and Coastal Management presents an insightful and skilful interweaving of the old with the new, of the familiar with the frontier (e.g., GIS expanded to ICT and geoinformatics). There is also a fluid interweaving of academic, government, NGO, and industry perspectives. These characteristics make for essential reading by coastal managers and policy-makers navigating the challenging waters of the 21st century. As such, the book will be an especially useful guide in implementing the UN’s sustainable development goals 2030, in particular SDG 14. And don’t miss the hidden gem that is the book’s foreword by Bruce McCormack."

—Dawn J. Wright, ESRI, Redlands, California, USA

"… a welcome addition to the published literature focusing on coastal geomatics and development of coastal and marine information tools and their application from authors with global experience. Researchers and practitioners of coastal systems management offer valuable practical contributions on the latest technologies in the areas of coastal mapping, remote sensing, marine and coastal ecosystem analysis and a wide range of geoinformatics applications, including infrastructure and fisheries management, hydrography, navigation and security. Equally welcome are chapters covering non-technical information management issues including data interoperability, the role of volunteered geographic information (VGI) in the marine/coastal world, accessing indigenous knowledge and spatial analysis applied to coastal vulnerability and the Arctic. Each of the 16 chapters is clearly written and accessible to readers of all levels, well-illustrated, with extensive references, and offers practical information to assist educators, researchers and most importantly coastal and marine information managers in applying geomatics to the wide range of issues faced daily in their difficult jobs."

—Roger Longhorn, GSDI Association, Bruges, Belgium

"We are used to boundaries, and when they do not exist we create them. One such boundary is the land water boundary which extends into the realm of remote sensing and GIS. Thus we have land remote sensing as opposed to water resources and oceanography. Our land based surveyors look for stable ‘monuments’ as ground control points, but then how do you create them in the oceans? This book is an attempt to break down these barriers and look at the oceans as an integral part of a total ecosystem of the earth and its people. The water land interface which comprises the coastal areas are the first to experience the results of thoughtless anthropogenic development. The ocean is not impenetrable. It has a bed which contains treasures hitherto not explored. The book explores applications of both Remote sensing and GIS and illustrates that these technologies take on a total different character here. Nowhere is sustainability more important than in these areas. Lastly, the oceans themselves provide navigation, sustenance and influence the weather which impacts human activities on ground as well as at sea. The book covers the importance of ICT in providing the wherewithal to handle data coming from the survey of the coastal areas and oceans with illustrative examples."

—Arup Dasgupta, Geospatial Media and Communications, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

"Geoinformatics for Marine and Coastal Management will be a useful addition and value to coastal zone managers -- and should be considered a critically important and core addition to professional, college, and university library Environmental Studies collections in general, and Marine/Coastal Management supplemental studies lists in particular."

—Midwest Book Review, June 2017

Table of Contents





Geoinformatics for Applied Coastal and Marine Management

Darius Bartlett and Louis Celliers

Mapping the Seabed

Gill Scott, Xavier Monteys, David Hardy, Charise McKeon and Thomas Furey

A GIS-Based Application of Drainage Basin Analysis and Geomorphometry in the Submarine Environment: The Gollum Canyon System, Northeast Atlantic

Paul K. Murphy and Andrew J. Wheeler

Recent Developments in Remote Sensing for Coastal and Marine Applications

Melanie Lück-Vogel

Current and Future Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Trends in Coastal and Marine Management

Dian Zhang, Noel E. O’Connor and Fiona Regan

Ontologies and Their Contribution to Marine and Coastal Geoinformatics Interoperability

Yassine Lassoued and Adam Leadbetter

Applied Marine Management with Volunteered Geographic Information

Grace Goldberg, Mimi D’Iorio and Will McClintock

Geoinformatic Applications in Marine Management

Lauren McWhinnie and Kate Gormley

Navigating a Sea of Data: Geoinformatics for Law Enforcement at Sea

Phillip Saunders

Geospatial Technologies and Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Shankar Aswani

Spatial Information and Ecosystem-Based Management in the Marine Arctic

Tom Barry, Tom Christensen, Soffia Guðmundsdóttir, Kári Fannar Lárusson, Courtney Price and Anders Mosbech

Geospatial Technologies for Siting Coastal and Marine Renewable Infrastructures

David R. Green

Geoinformatics for Fisheries Management

Tom Nishida, Kiyoshi Itoh, Albert Caton and Darius Bartlett

Geoinformatics in Hydrography and Marine Navigation

Adam Weintrit

The Use of Geoinformatics by the Irish Naval Service in Maritime Emergency and Security Response

Brian Mathews and Cathal Power

Spatial Analysis for Coastal Vulnerability Assessment

Jarbas Bonetti and Colin D. Woodroffe

About the Editors

Darius Bartlett is an earth scientist and geomorphologist by training, has been teaching and researching at the interface between GIS and coastal zone science and management in the Department of Geography at the University College Cork in Ireland for over a quarter-century, and is a past director of the department’s MSc in GIS and remote sensing and the MSc in applied coastal and marine management taught programs. As a corresponding member of the Commission on Coastal Systems of the International Geographical Union, he helped establish the CoastGIS Biennial Symposium Series, in partnership with Ron Furness (then at the Australian Hydrographic Office and chair of the International Cartographic Association’s Commission on Coastal Mapping), and hosted the first meeting as a collaboration between the two organisations in Cork in 1995 (the 12th meeting in the series was held in Cape Town in April 2015). He is the co-editor of Marine and Coastal Geographical Information Systems (with Dawn Wright, Taylor & Francis, 2000) and GIS for Coastal Zone Management (with Jennifer Smith, CRC Press, 2005).

Louis Celliers is employed by the CSIR in a dual role as a principal researcher in, and heads up the Coastal Systems Research Group of the Natural Resources and the Environment Business Unit. He completed his graduate (BSc Agric) and postgraduate studies (MSc Agric) at the University of Pretoria in 1998, followed by his PhD in marine ecology at the University of Natal, South Africa in 2001. The responsibilities of his portfolio include the integration of coastal and marine science with management of the coastal area by the three spheres of government in South Africa. His research interests and profes- sional development strongly favour an approach that guides, integrates and translates good science to the benefit of society through the maintenance of natural systems. His main research interests, and focus of his published work, are in the area of integrated coastal management, coastal governance and institutions and science to policy process for the improvement of coastal and marine management.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems