Coastal Protection Efforts: A Comparison of the Rhine Delta and the Mississippi Delta

by Adam Bezuijen, Delft Geotechnics, Netherlands,
Eargle M. Frances, Delft Geotechnics, Netherlands,
Peckman Jeanene, Delft Geotechnics, Netherlands,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of the Gulf of Mexico


The coastal protection efforts are compared in the Mississippi Delta and the Rhine Delta Although the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana is sometimes referred to as the 'Holland of North America' there are large differences between the two deltas. In spite of these differences, the two deltas suffer from the same problems, coastal erosion resulting in environmental damage and subsequent economic damage. The solutions found in both deltas to overcome this problem are sometimes quite comparable.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (coastal) | Erosion | Comparative studies | Coastal management | Economic factors | Social factors | Jetties | United States | Mississippi | Louisiana | North America

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