Sea Defence System at Herne Bay, England

by J. H. de Vroeg, Delft Hydraulics, Emmeloord, Netherlands,
J. van Overeem, Delft Hydraulics, Emmeloord, Netherlands,
A. G. Roberts, Delft Hydraulics, Emmeloord, Netherlands,
M. R. Beck, Delft Hydraulics, Emmeloord, Netherlands,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Practice


This paper reviews the investigations carried out into the design of the proposed now sea defences fronting the central area of Herne Bay on the North kent coast. The existing defences consist of a small shingle beach backed by a concrete wall. The defences had to be renewed as the wall was old and in poor condition, and the beach was erosive and subject to continual loss. The paper describes the coastal morphology, numerical and physical modelling and the design work carried out and sets out the reasons for the selection of a sea defence scheme comprising a linked offshore breakwater with larger shingle beach.

Subject Headings: Seas and oceans | Bays | Beaches | Coastal management | Coastal protection structures | Breakwaters | Beach protection and nourishment | Concrete | England | United Kingdom | Europe

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