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Obsolete Maps and Coastal Management: Case Studies from Northwest Ireland

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On dynamic coastal sites, subject to rapid and sometimes unpredictable shoreline changes, management problems can be aggravated if legally authoritative maps are obsolete. These difficulties are illustrated by two case studies from County Donegal in northwest Ireland. The first case study outlines the problems that arise where statutory functional area boundaries are based on a near century-old map. The second case study deals with the problems of planning development on a site where a customized map only a few years old has been rendered obsolete by rapid coastal erosion. Other problems are caused by the inappropriate use of maps. Suggestions are made to mitigate the effects of outdated maps.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Coastal Research Group, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland 2: Marine Law and Ocean Policy Centre, Martin Ryan Institute for Marine Science, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland 3: Department of Natural Resource Economics, Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh, Scotland 4: ARC Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Publication date: July 1, 2003

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