American Society of Civil Engineers


California’s Retreating Shoreline: The State of the Problem


by Gary B. Griggs, (Univ of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA)

pp. 1370-1383

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Coastal Zone ’87
Abstract: Approximately 86 percent of California’s 1715 km of shoreline is eroding. Nearly ten percent of this oceanfront has now been armored. With present day costs of shoreline protection varying from 1500 to 10,000/meter of oceanfront, the costs of protecting the 170 km of developed coastline still threatened by erosion amounts to 255 million to 1. 7 billion. Development of three types of coastal geomorphic environments, the beach itself, eroding cliffs or bluffs, and active sand dunes, has led to the problems and storm damage witnessed in recent years. Careful investigation of the recent geologic history of oceanfront sites prior to development is relatively straightforward and inexpensive, and is necessary to clearly evaluate the risks and expected erosion at any particular location. Once construction in a hazardous environment has taken place, the options available are severely reduced with expensive but somewhat temporary protective structures being the most common solution.


ASCE Subject Headings:
California
Coastal environment
Coastal processes
Erosion
Shore protection
Shoreline changes

Author Keywords:
COASTAL ZONES
BEACHES - Erosion - COASTAL ENGINEERING - ECOLOGY - SHORE PROTECTION
CALIFORNIA’S RETREATING SHORELINE - COASTAL GEOMORPHIC ENVIRONMENTS - PROTECTIVE STRUCTURES - SAND DUNES