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Accession Number PB2013-106398
Title National Coastal Population Report: Population Trends from 1970 to 2020.
Publication Date Mar 2013
Media Count 22p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Our nations bountiful coastal resources have influenced American history and culture, and have drawn a substantial portion of our countrys population to the coast. The concentration of people and economic activity at the coast places pressures on ecologically sensitive coastal ecosystems and also leaves residents and visitors vulnerable to coastal hazards, such as hurricanes, erosion, and sea level rise. One focus of this management challenge is to understand who lives at the coast and how this population is changing. However, this is not a simple matter as federal agencies, researchers, and non-governmental organizations define the coast in various ways. To increase consistency in how we describe our nations coastal population, this report presents the nations coastal population in two different lights. One is the population that lives in Coastal Watershed Counties, or those counties where a substantial portion of their land area intersect coastal watersheds, and consequently represent where land use changes and water quality impacts most directly impact coastal ecosystems. NOAA has historically reported population for Coastal Watershed Counties, and continues this framework in this report. For the first time, NOAA also presents the population that lives in a subset of Coastal Watershed Counties, the Coastal Shoreline Counties, or those counties directly adjacent to the open ocean, major estuaries, and the Great Lakes. The Coastal Shoreline Counties, due to their proximity to these waters, bear the most direct effects of coastal hazards and host the majority of economic production associated with coastal and ocean resources.
Keywords Coastal areas
Coastal ecosystems
Coastal hazards
Coastal management
Coastal resources
Coastal watersheds
Demographic status
Land use changes
Water quality impacts

Source Agency Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NTIS Subject Category 48B - Natural Resource Management
57H - Ecology
Corporate Author National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1316
Contract Number N/A

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