Islands of Coastal Karnataka – A Unique Journey of Discovery

R. Sridhar, V. Sachithanandam, K. Manmadhan, N. S. Swarnakumar

Abstract


This article summarises various information on coastal islands of Karnataka to develop a baseline information structure which will be useful for the purpose of conservation and development planning through the applicable regulatory mechanisms. First, the islands were identified with the help of bhuvan database and satellite imageries and verified with google images for mapping purpose and they have been classified as inhabited islands, un-inhabited islands, and islets/rocky outcrops. The details of geography, demography, shoreline characteristics, transportation, agriculture & industrial activities, biodiversity and, environmental issues & hazards pertaining to individual islands were collected and attempted to compile to provide comprehensive information in one compendium. Also, the information on ecologically sensitive areas and geomorphological features of coastal zone of Karnataka were presented along with tourism creating potential of the places. This baseline information on coastal islands provided in this work would serve as a useful reference for planners, policy makers, academicians and all those interested in becoming familiar with the coastal islands of Karnataka..


Keywords


Coastal Islands;, Baseline Information; Biodiversity; Environmental Issues; Ecologically Sensitive Areas

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