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Impact of Recreants on the Destruction of Aeolian Complexes: Vistula (Baltic) Spit, Kaliningrad Region

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As a rule, when considering the anthropogenic load on coastal systems, researchers begin with mesoscale factors. In this chapter, an experiment was conducted whose main goal was to find out the exact characteristics of such a factor like the descent of tourists down the windward slope of the foredune. The results obtained numerically demonstrate the importance of further research, since the commonly used approach to estimating the transport of sandy material, in the case by recreants, is not entirely appropriate. Humans act as a triggering factor in the destruction processes at the site. A negative natural-anthropogenic system could occur in such impacted areas, resulting in the formation of deep blowouts that are more extensive than their natural analogues. By understanding the rates of such human-induced processes, an effective response to coastal degradation may be found, and sustainable tourism may be promoted. Sustainable tourism is one of the components of paragraph 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns) of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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The study was done with the support of the state assignment of IO RAS (Theme No. FMWE-2021-0012).

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Belov, N.S., Danchenkov, A.R., Volkova, I.I., Shaplygina, T.V. (2023). Impact of Recreants on the Destruction of Aeolian Complexes: Vistula (Baltic) Spit, Kaliningrad Region. In: Leal Filho, W., Dinis, M.A.P., Moggi, S., Price, E., Hope, A. (eds) SDGs in the European Region . Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals – Regional Perspectives. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-17461-2_49

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