Classification of Coastal Zone by Multi-Variate Analysisby Katsuhiko Kuroda, Kumamoto Univ, Kurokami, Japan,
Takashi Nanaura, Kumamoto Univ, Kurokami, Japan,
Abstract: Coastal zone is characterized by various factors such as natural and socio-economic conditions. The present paper proposes a method to classify the coastal zone into some identical groups based on its natural and socio-economic conditions using multi-variate analyses. The method is applied to the coastal zone of EHIME, HIROSHIMA and KHOCHI prefectures of Seto-Naikai inland sea of Japan. The results shows complicated coastal zone are classified into seven identical zones. This classification can be utilized for policy-making of coastal zone development and conservation.
Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Social factors | Economic factors | Seas and oceans | Sea of Japan
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