The coastal artificialization process. Impacts and challenges for the sustainable management of the coastal cities of Santa Catarina (Brazil)

J. C. Ferreira, Lireda Silva,Meneses, Marcus Polette

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Abstract

The artificial changing of the natural environment occurs every time man transforms the landscape according to the needs and the land resources' availability. The magnitude of such a change is conditioned by the socio-cultural matrix and by the economic and technological capacities of the society, thus conditioning the space-transforming ability as well as the use of the resources, according to both the degree of the demands and the fulfillment of its needs. The increasing urbanization is one of the major pressures on both the landscape and coastal resources. It is also one with the most impact. The rise of the urbanization on Santa Catarina's coastline was driven, mainly, by tourism, residential buildings and real estate developments, which resulted in an elevated degree of "artificialization" with significant negative impacts on the balance of the coastal ecosystems. The UNIVALI Center for Land and Marine Technologies (Brazil) and the Department of Sciences and Environmental Engineering of the Lisbon New University (Portugal) have developed a line of research for the understanding of this "coastal artificialization" process, with the first results being reported in this paper. The paper presents a description of the implications of the urbanization process on the cities of Balneário Camboriú (BC) and Florianópolis (Jurerê Internacional), based on a coastal management process under a perspective of supporting the decision-making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1209-1213
Number of pages5
JournalJournal Of Coastal Research
Issue numberSPEC. ISSUE 56
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Antropic pressure
  • Artificialization
  • Balneário Camboriú
  • Coastal zone
  • Jurerê internacional

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