Geo-Marine Letters

, 1:155 | Cite as

Beach nourishment, a practical method of erosion control

  • Charles W. Finkl
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Abstract

Artificial beach nourishment, the placing of sand onto eroded beaches, is increasingly employed by coastal engineers as an alternative to structural control of shoreline erosion. Man-made beaches approximating natural forms and processes offer greater protection against storms than eroded beaches and provide increased recreational opportunities. It is hoped that maintenance nourishment will keep pace with subsidence and eustatic rise in sea level, primary causes of beach erosion. Even though negative impacts of beach restoration may be short-lived and limited in scope, sound ecological engineering practices require careful monitoring of dredging operations.

Keywords

Beach Sandy Beach Army Corps Barrier Island Coastal Engineer 

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© A.M. Dowden, Inc. 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles W. Finkl
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Coastal StudiesNova UniversityPort Everglades

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