Enviromental health and the coastal zone. Academic Article uri icon


  • Reconciling coastal development and the maintenance of a quality environment represent an enormous management challenge to both public and private interests. Wise management of coastal areas will require an understanding of the nature of dynamic physical, chemical, and biological interactions in the coastal zone, knowledge of how changes in other components of the Earth system affect coastal zones and their role in global cycles, and insight into how to best use these areas as coastal populations increase. Maintaining the integrity and health of the coastal zone is essential to the quality of marine biological resources and, ultimately, of human life.

publication date

  • November 2002