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1 March 2017 Resistance and Resilience: Facing the Multidimensional Challenges in Coastal Areas
M. Luisa Martinez, Andrea Taramelli, Rodolfo Silva
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Martínez, M.L.; Taramelli, A., and Silva, R., 2017. Resistance and resilience: Facing the multidimensional challenges in coastal areas. In: Martinez, M.L.; Taramelli, A., and Silva, R. (eds.), Coastal Resilience: Exploring the Many Challenges from Different Viewpoints. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 77, pp. 1–6. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208.

Coastal ecosystems are subject to recurrent natural disturbances that act as drivers of ecosystem dynamics. In addition, in recent years, human impact has exerted intense pressures on these ecosystems, altering the dynamics and reducing resistance and resilience. The former refers to the ability of a system to hold a force without any modification, while the latter is a measure of its the capacity to respond to the consequences of perturbation and return to its original status. How can we achieve coastal management actions so that coastal resistance and resilience are enhanced? This volume integrates a broad set of studies that analyse coastal resistance and resilience from different viewpoints, that include contrasting viewpoints that cover the natural environment (abiotic and biotic); social governance and networks; social dynamics; built infrastructure and a combination of the four. Indeed, a proper diagnosis of the status of the coast is required and adequate coastal management is necessary, so that risks to the population and environmental problems are minimized. Coastal managers, ecologists, engineers, decision makers and society in general are jointly responsible for the future of our dynamic coasts.

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M. Luisa Martinez, Andrea Taramelli, and Rodolfo Silva "Resistance and Resilience: Facing the Multidimensional Challenges in Coastal Areas," Journal of Coastal Research 77(sp1), 1-6, (1 March 2017).
Received: 23 September 2016; Accepted: 15 October 2016; Published: 1 March 2017
coastal disturbance
coastal ecosystems
coastal infrastructure
coastal management
ecosystem dynamics
Shoreline protection
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