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Burke et al, World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington DC, 2001; Paul Harrison and Fred Pearce, AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment 2001, AAAS, University of California Press, Berkeley.
Uploaded on Friday 17 Feb 2012
Coastal population and altered land cover in coastal zones (100 km of coastline)
Philippe Rekacewicz, Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Coastal areas with high population densities are those with the most shoreline degradation or alteration. Densely populated areas close to seas are also the most attractive for a lot of economic activity. The graphic shows the proportion of the population that lives within 100 km of the coast, for each of the world's nations and where there are coastal zones with high degree of human alteration (compared to 'natural' landcover). In addition, the locations of selected larger coastal cities are presented. Please note that the data and study for the coastal zones uses data from 1993-1996 and has some inconsistencies, e.g. the data for Australia needs to be revised.