Design and Execution of Beach Nourishments in Belgium

by M. Helewaut, Ministry of the Flemish Community, Oostende, Belgium,
B. Malherbe, Ministry of the Flemish Community, Oostende, Belgium,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of the Southern North Sea


When a severe coastal erosion problem has to be solved, two kinds of remedial coastal protection works are usually taken in view; the first one most often used in the past, requires the construction of structures such as groynes and breakwaters; the second one aims at providing a coastal protection solution by restoring or modifying the beach profile. Factors to be considered when evaluating the possible solutions are environmental conditions and sediment transport mechanisms. In fact, engineering design methods and human concern, are evolving, which leads to a new concept of coastal defence works. This trend is illustrated by case studies of project carried out along the Belgian coast.

Subject Headings: Beach nourishment | Sediment transport | Case studies | Erosion | Construction management | Remediation | Groins (structure) | Breakwaters | Belgium | Europe

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