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Proposal for an integral quality index for urban and urbanized beaches

A composite index, based on function analysis and including thirteen sub-indices, was developed to assess the overall quality of urban and urbanized beaches in the Mediterranean area. The aggregation of components and sub-indices was based on two questionnaires completed by beach users and experts. Applying the new Beach Quality Index (BQI) demonstrated that the quality of beaches could be improved. In general, the strongest aspects of the beaches assessed were those related to short-term user demand, and the weakest were those related to the consequences of human pressure on the area, in particular, erosion problems. The composite index is intended to be used together with Environmental Management Beach Systems (EMBs) as a hierarchical management scorecard and in monitoring programs. This new tool could also make planning more proactive by synthesizing the state of the most important beach processe

This study was carried out within the framework of the MeVaPlaya and DEFCON projects, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science under contracts REN2003-09029-C03-MAR and CGL2006-13953-C04 respectively. First author was supported by a pre-doctoral I3P fellowship from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and, second author would like to thank the Autonomous Government of Catalonia for its support through the University Research Promotion Award for Young Researchers. The authors wish to thank experts and users for answering the expert and user questionnaires and the staff of the Catalan Water Agency (ACA) for providing water quality and environmental quality data. The assistance received from safety officials, rescue services and beach management in the municipalities of Malgrat, Blanes, Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar was very important to the development of this study

© Environmental Management, 2010, vol. 45, núm. 5, p. 998-1013

Springer Verlag

Author: Ariza, Eduardo
Jiménez, Jóse Antonio
Sardá Borroy, Rafael
Villares, Miriam
Pintó i Fusalba, Josep
Fraguell i Sansbelló, Rosa Maria
Roca, Elisabet
Martí, Carolina
Valdemoro, Herminia
Ballester González, Ramon
Fluvià, Modest
Date: 2010
Abstract: A composite index, based on function analysis and including thirteen sub-indices, was developed to assess the overall quality of urban and urbanized beaches in the Mediterranean area. The aggregation of components and sub-indices was based on two questionnaires completed by beach users and experts. Applying the new Beach Quality Index (BQI) demonstrated that the quality of beaches could be improved. In general, the strongest aspects of the beaches assessed were those related to short-term user demand, and the weakest were those related to the consequences of human pressure on the area, in particular, erosion problems. The composite index is intended to be used together with Environmental Management Beach Systems (EMBs) as a hierarchical management scorecard and in monitoring programs. This new tool could also make planning more proactive by synthesizing the state of the most important beach processe
This study was carried out within the framework of the MeVaPlaya and DEFCON projects, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science under contracts REN2003-09029-C03-MAR and CGL2006-13953-C04 respectively. First author was supported by a pre-doctoral I3P fellowship from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and, second author would like to thank the Autonomous Government of Catalonia for its support through the University Research Promotion Award for Young Researchers. The authors wish to thank experts and users for answering the expert and user questionnaires and the staff of the Catalan Water Agency (ACA) for providing water quality and environmental quality data. The assistance received from safety officials, rescue services and beach management in the municipalities of Malgrat, Blanes, Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar was very important to the development of this study
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ISSN: 0364-152X (versió paper)
1432-1009 (versió electrònica)
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/12129
Language: eng
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Collection: MICYT/PN 2003-2006/REN2003-09029-C03/MAR
MEC/PN 2006-2009/CGL2006-13953-C04
Reproducció digital del document publicat a: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00267-010-9472-8
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Is part of: © Environmental Management, 2010, vol. 45, núm. 5, p. 998-1013
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Subject: Platges -- Gestió
Beaches -- Management
Anàlisi funcional
Functional analysis
Title: Proposal for an integral quality index for urban and urbanized beaches
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