Geography and coastal management

Stephen Fletcher*, Hance D. Smith

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article presents an overview of the relationship between geography and coastal management. It explores the nature of geography as well as the geographical underpinnings of key notions within coastal management, in particular, "coast," "conflict," and "integration." The article considers the integrated coastal management process and tracks the influence of geography on the development of the discipline's theory and practice, as well as its academic infrastructure. The article concludes that although geography both underpins and offers useful insights into coastal management, a challenge remains to explore in greater depth the benefits of applied geographical approaches to the management of coasts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-427
Number of pages9
JournalCoastal Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2007


  • Coast
  • Coastal management
  • Geography
  • Integrated coastal management


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