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|Title:||Geomorphology for Integrated Coastal Zone Management: A theoretical approach with examples from Kerala, India|
|Abstract:||Coastal zone, triple interface of land, ocean and air, is a geographic entity of intense human activities. This area experiences several problems due to competing and multiple usability of coastal resource, which is a matter of global concern. Concept of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) is advanced as a tool to tackle these problems and to devise sustainable development plans. Drawing examples from Kerala at macro and micro scales this paper demonstrates that in depth study of geomorphic processes and geomorphic assets is necessary as part of ICZM plan. Identification of morpho-dynamic units following the scheme of landscape classification at the ground level helps devising appropriate management action plans. While dealing with the geomorphologic processes a larger approach/perspective should be maintained by identifying system boundaries and the degree of activity and the relationships among the processes involved. This also includes human induced processes that, in aggregation, trigger large scale environmental change.|
|ISSN:||0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||IJMS Vol.39(4) [December 2010]|
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