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Potentials and limitations of coastal web atlases

TitlePotentials and limitations of coastal web atlases
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsO’Dea, EK, Dwyer, E, Cummins, V, Wright, DJ
JournalJournal of Coastal Conservation: Planning and Management
Start Page1
Keywordscoastal atlas, data management, spatial information, Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats-Analysis, SWOT, web GIS

A Coastal Web Atlas (CWA) is a valuable resource for a range of users including coastal managers as it provides easy access to maps, spatial data, coastal information and tools. A trans-Atlantic workshop on "Potentials and Limitations of Coastal Web Atlases", held in Ireland in July 2006, brought together atlas developers and coastal data experts from Europe and the United States to examine state-of-the-art developments in CWAs and future needs. This paper focuses on workshop outcomes, including what defines a CWA and an overview of international, national, state and regional atlas case studies from both sides of the Atlantic. Results of discussions are presented concerning issues related to design, data, technology and institutional capacity for existing CWAs based on the collective experience of workshop participants. A major outcome of the workshop was the initiation of an International Coastal Atlas Network. The insights provided give a framework for CWA developers and a useful point of reference for managers and policy makers on atlas potentials and limitations.