|Title:||Human impacts quantification on the coastal landforms of Gran Canaria Island (Canary Islands)||Authors:||Ferrer-Valero, Nicolás
Hernández-Cordero, Antonio I.
|UNESCO Clasification:||250507 Geografía física||Keywords:||Oceanic island
Coastal landforms changes
|Issue Date:||2017||Journal:||Geomorphology||Abstract:||The coastal areas of the Canary Islands are particularly sensitive to changes, both from a natural perspective and for their potential socio-economic implications. In this paper, the state of conservation of an insular coast is approached from a geomorphological point of view, considering recent changes induced by urban and tourism development. The analysis is applied to the coast of Gran Canaria, a small Atlantic island of volcanic origin, subject to a high degree of human pressure on its coastal areas, especially in recent decades. Currently, much of the economic activity of Gran Canaria is linked to mass tourism, associated with climatic and geomorphological features of the coast. This work is addressed through detailed mapping of coastal landforms across the island (256 km perimeter), corresponding to the period before the urban and tourism development (late 19th century for the island's capital, mid-20th century for the rest of the island) and today. The comparison between the coastal geomorphology before and after the urban and tourism development was established through four categories of human impacts, related to their conservation state: unaltered, altered, semi-destroyed and extinct. The results indicate that 43% of coastal landforms have been affected by human impacts, while 57% remain unaltered. The most affected are sedimentary landforms, namely coastal dunes, palaeo-dunes, beaches and wetlands. Geodiversity loss was also evaluated by applying two diversity indices. The coastal geodiversity loss by total or partial destruction of landforms is estimated at - 15.2%, according to Shannon index (H'), while it increases to - 32.1% according to an index proposed in this paper. We conclude that the transformations of the coast of Gran Canaria induced by urban and tourism development have heavily affected the most singular coastal land forms (dunes, palaeo-dunes and wetlands), reducing significantly its geodiversity.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/10553/35720||ISSN:||0169-555X||DOI:||10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.02.028||Source:||Geomorphology[ISSN 0169-555X],v. 286, p. 58-67|
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