ASSESSEMENT OF BEACH QUALITY IN THE NORTHEASTERN COAST OF VIETNAM BY USING INDEX METHOD
Keywords:Sandy beach, beach quality index, northeastern coastal area in Vietnam.
AbstractThis article assessed the quality of beaches in the northeastern coastal area of Vietnam via the Beach Quality Index (BQI) which is popularly applied in many countries. The BQI is combined from beach functional indices about recreation, ecology, and protection. The BQI was applied in 9 sandy beaches in the study area. The results show that most of the sandy beaches in the study obtain medium or high-quality level with the BQI score ranging from 0.56 to 0.71 except Do Son beach (BQI = 0.36). In addition, assessment of sub-index and indicators could identify weak aspects of the beach which are used as a foundation for utilization orientation in order to enhance the beach quality as well as sustainable use of resources.
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