Shoreline Erosion Along the East Coast of Ghana

by Stephen L. Anthonio, Water Resources Research Inst, Accra, Ghana,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of Western Africa


Coastal erosion along the east coast of Ghana has been persistent within the Keta area since the beginning of the century and severe in the immediate fringes of the west of the Volta Estuary in the 1970's. A number of studies conducted on the Keta littoral have suggested that the erosion process was coming to a stop on account of accretion that was observed there. This has proved erroneous, as erosion continues to devastate buildings and public structures. To improve the understanding of coastal processes within the Volta delta, a number of observation sites were chosen, from which data on beach profile changes and ground photographs were taken over a year period (1991-1992) as well as interviews with inhabitants of the coasts and literature surveys.

Subject Headings: Shoreline | Erosion | Developing countries | Littoral drift | Coastal processes | Public buildings | Beach profiles | Photography | Ghana | Africa

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