Shore Protection Design—A Necessary Evil

by J. William Kamphuis, Queen's Univ at Kingston, Kingston, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of Canada


Since much shore protection exists and further shore protection will be considered necessary in the future, this paper addresses the need for better design methods to replace the present rule-of-thumb criteria. It concentrates on the most ubiquitous forms of shore protection (groins and seawalls) and makes a few tentative steps towards better understanding of how shore processes are affected by shore protection and towards environmentally more friendly design practice.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Sustainable development | Sea walls | Retaining structures | Environmental issues | Coastal processes | Groins (structure) | Economic factors

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