Administering the marine environment: the spatial dimension
AuthorRajabifard, A.; Binns, A.; Williamson, I. P.
Source TitleJournal of Spatial Science
PublisherMapping Sciences Institute, Australia (MSIA)
AffiliationEngineering: Department of Geomatics
Document TypeJournal (Paginated)
CitationsRajabifard, A. and Binns, A., & Williamson, I. P. (2005). Administering the marine environment: the spatial dimension. Journal of Spatial Science, 50(2), 69-78.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a publisher's version of an article published in Journal of Spatial Science 2005 published by Mapping Sciences Institute of Australia. This version is reproduced with permission from MSIA. http://www.mappingsciences.org.au/journal.htm
Administering the spatial dimension of the marine environment is very important as decision-makers in both land and marine related areas of the coastal zone need to access marine related datasets in order to effectively achieve their economic, social and environmental objectives. There is also the challenge of managing the complex interactions between, and competing rights of, stakeholders within the marine environment. This paper aims to discuss both the current and future direction of marine administration, including the development of a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) as a tool to achieve efficient management, concentrating on Asia and the Pacific region. This includes the socio-economic, policy and technical challenges and issues faced by countries within this jurisdiction, as well as an overview of the objectives, principle tasks and results of the International Workshop on Administering the Marine Environment – the Spatial Dimensions, held in Malaysia 2004. Although focusing on Asia and the Pacific region, the results and conclusions drawn from this paper can also be applicable to other marine jurisdictions.
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