Shoreline Erosion Protection and Beach Nourishment

by Yen-hsi Chu, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS, USA,
Edward B. Hands, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87

Abstract: More than 40 percent of our national shoreline, excluding Alaska, is undergoing severe erosion. Structural measures including bulkheads, seawalls, revetments, groins, offshore breakwaters, and protective beaches commonly are designed for erosion protection. This paper discusses the functional advantages or disadvantages associated with each of the measures with recommendations for implementation. Detailed considerations are presented on the design and function of protective beaches.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Erosion | Beach nourishment | Shoreline | Protective structures | Bulkheads | Sea walls | North America | Alaska | United States

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