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:
Beaches
Coastal processes
Deposition
Environmental issues
Sediment

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