American Society of Civil Engineers

The Beach: A Pile of Sand

by Douglas J. Sherman, (Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0255, United States)

pg. 275

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Sand Rights ’99: Bringing Back the Beaches
Abstract: Beaches are common features along most of the earth’s coastlines. The presence of a beach requires at that site the processes of sediment accretion have dominated over the processes of erosion. On most of California’s shoreline, the sand piles are getting smaller. This paper provides an overview of the processes responsible for such changes.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Coastal processes
Environmental issues

Author Keywords:
Climate change - Coastal engineering - Coastal zones - Decision making - Erosion - Risk assessment - Shore protection - Tectonics
Beach development - Beach erosion