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Shoreline Management Plans and Coastal Cells in Scotland

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Coastal sediment cells have been identified for the Scottish coast and, following the example of England and Wales, a trend is emerging towards the production of shoreline management plans (SMPs) for parts the Scottish coast. However, much of the Scottish coast does not have the degree of intracoastal sediment exchange that gives coastal sediment cells their integrity, and so a cell-based strategy for coastal management may not be a suitable response. This article examines the nature of the sediment cells in Scotland, questions whether the adoption of SMPs for all sections of the coastline is an appropriate management response, and suggests alternatives that may better link to integrated coastal zone management.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography and Geomatics, Coastal Research Group, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom 2: Scottish Natural Heritage, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom 3: Environmental Systems Research Group, Department of Geography, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom 4: Royal Haskoning, Bretton, Peterborough, England, United Kingdom

Publication date: 2004-07-01

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