Restoring the Beach Profile with Vegetation

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by Carla Muniz Sabino, UERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
Pedro Ferreira Teixeira Filho, UERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
David Man Wai Zee, UERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
Carlos Frederico Duarte da Rocha, UERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93:

Abstract: Owing to the fast moving urban expansion of the city of Rio de Janeiro toward one of its most preserved coastal areas, Barra da Tijuca district, it was necessary to implement some substructure work to help minimize the impact caused by the indefinite limits between the urban area and the beach itself. The natural beach profile has thus been altered, and an attempt has been made, by using vegetation, not only to restore the beach profile but also to re-establish the native vegetable community, having in view a closer man-environment integration, as well as the maintenance of the original microdunes as a natural structure of protection against coastal erosion.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Beach profiles | Vegetation | Ecological restoration | Erosion | Urban development | Coastal protection structures |

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