Living with the Shore: Hazard Mitigation through Education

by Orrin H. Pilkey, Duke Univ, Durham, NC, USA,
William J. Neal, Duke Univ, Durham, NC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


In 1977, the authors began the task of producing summary texts for all mainland open-ocean coastal states as well as Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound, and Lakes Erie and Michigan. On completion, the 22 volume set, and companion 'Coastal Design', will provide comprehensive summaries of coastal hazards/risk potential on a site-specific basis for privately-owned shorelines. Texts are organized with chapters on the historic perspective including development, records of storms/hurricanes, and the expected future in the face of rising water levels; an outline of shoreline dynamics; the effects of shoreline development and the impact of engineering structures; land use regulations including laws and permit requirements; and a construction chapter on how to build or improve a house at the shore. The focal chapter gives site-specific information including risk evaluation maps to provide a basis for hazard mitigation through prudent site selection.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Mitigation and remediation | Shores | Education | Shoreline protection | Occupational safety | Risk management | Land use | Lake Erie | Great Lakes | Michigan | United States

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