Encyclopedia of Coastal Science

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| Editors: Charles W. Finkl, Christopher Makowski

Coastal Scenery

  • A. T. Williams
  • N. G. Rangel-Buitrango
  • E. Pranzini
  • G. Anfuso
  • C. Botero
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48657-4_387-1


Scenery has been analyzed in a variety of ways, and a lack of consensus exists as to the precise source of its aesthetic quality via the expert and perception-based approaches, culminating in landscape/seascape character assessment approach techniques being assessed. A semi-objective methodology utilizing weighting parameters and fuzzy logic mathematics is given as an example to assess coastal scenery, in which the main parameters (26) that influence people’s assessment of coastal scenery were obtained from over >1000 beach interviews.


The importance of landscapes to society for recreation, spiritual nourishment, and posterity has long been recognized. Some landscapes are intrinsically more important than others and designated as such by the plethora of existing classifications, e.g., “national parks,” “heritage coasts,” “areas of outstanding natural beauty,” “wilderness areas,” “protected landscapes,” and “green belts” all reflect scenic beauty. Because of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. T. Williams
    • 1
  • N. G. Rangel-Buitrango
    • 2
  • E. Pranzini
    • 3
  • G. Anfuso
    • 4
  • C. Botero
    • 5
  1. 1.Faculty of Architecture Computing and EngineeringUniversity of WalesSwanseaUK
  2. 2.Departamentos de Física – Biologia, Facultad de Ciencias BasicasUniversidad del AtlanticoBarranquillaColombia
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Scienze della TerraUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  4. 4.Departamento de Ciencias de la TerraUniversidad de CadizCadizSpain
  5. 5.Grupo Sistemas Costeros, PlayasCorpSanta MartaColombia