Marina Planning with Geographic Information Systemsby Frederic M. Fairfield, Int Marina Inst, Middletown, RI, USA,
Abstract: Water dependent coastal land uses including recreational boating facilities are being displaces by water enhanced uses. Coastal policy decisions designed to address these trends suffer from difficulties in effectively applying existing but elusive data. Boating facilities are used as a model demonstrating that effective coastal management decisions can be facilitated through the use of modern computerized Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Relevant physical, environmental, and demographic parameters related to siting marinas, boatyards and boat launching ramps are identified and discussed.
Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Information systems | Water-based recreation | Ports and harbors | Computer models | Coastal management | Small craft | Mapping
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