Coastal Zone – A definition
The Coastal Zone can physically and geographically be defined as a corridor where the land and adjacent ocean space meet. Functionally it is the broad interface between land and water where production, consumption, recreation and exchange processes occur at high rates of intensity. Ecologically, the coastal zone is an area of dynamic biological, hydraulic, geological and chemical activities often with considerable but always limited capacity for supporting various forms of human use. It is frequently a dynamic and vulnerable area which both nature and man have and will muscle in both constructive and destructive ways.