Coastal regions are highly attractive to people, businesses, and industries, and provide a myriad of health-promoting opportunities. However, coastal hazards may negatively affect local economies and the wellbeing of coastal dwellers. Addressing the psychosocial and economic impacts of living in coastal regions is, thus, increasingly relevant. This volume of JSOD gathers articles that focus on psychosocial issues associated with human activities in coastal zones. The first article deals with the relationship between risk communication and people’s perceptions of a red tide event, that led to beach closure and interdiction of bivalve harvesting in the Algarve coast. The second article addresses perceptions of risk and benefits of residents and tourists regarding artificial reefs deployed along the Algarve coast. The next articles address the wellbeing and quality of life in coastal ecosystems in Angola; one is focused on quality of life and risk perception of residents of Luanda Bay, and the other characterizes the exploitation of biological resources in this area, its economic impacts, and consequences for the quality of life of local fishermen. Finally, the last article presents the development of a model and instrument to measure sense of place, a psychosocial variable particularly relevant in locations exposed to risks.
Guest-Editor: Rita B. Domingues