Engineering Tools and Techniques for Coastal Zone Management

by J. van der Weide, Delft Hydraulics, Emmeloord, Netherlands,
F. M. J. Hoozemans, Delft Hydraulics, Emmeloord, Netherlands,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of the Southern North Sea

Abstract: In coastal zone development scheme, coastal engineers are confronted with a changing attitude towards human interventions in the coastal zone. Traditionally civil engineering has been applied to support socio-economic activities of man and to protects its life and property against natural hazards. With the increased risk of flooding this task will be important also for the decades to come. However, gradually it becomes apparent that the effect of human interventions may cause irreversible damage to the natural coastal system. A more flexible response is needed for the coastal zone manager, especially within the concept of a sustainable development.

Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Human factors | Coastal management | Economic factors | Social factors | Lifeline systems | Natural disasters

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