Environmental Management

, Volume 55, Issue 5, pp 1093–1108 | Cite as

Drivers of Coastal Shoreline Change: Case Study of Hon Dat Coast, Kien Giang, Vietnam

  • Hai-Hoa NguyenEmail author
  • Clive McAlpine
  • David Pullar
  • Stephen Joseph Leisz
  • Gramotnev Galina


Coastal shorelines are naturally dynamic, shifting in response to coastal geomorphological processes. Globally, land use change associated with coastal urban development and growing human population pressures is accelerating coastal shoreline change. In southern Vietnam, coastal erosion currently is posing considerable risks to shoreline land use and coastal inhabitants. The aim of this paper is to quantify historical shoreline changes along the Hon Dat coast between 1995 and 2009, and to document the relationships between coastal mangrove composition, width and density, and rates of shoreline change. The generalized linear mixed-effects models were used to quantify the major biophysical and land-use factors influencing shoreline change rates. Most significant drivers of the rates of change are cutting of mangroves, the dominant mangrove genus, changes in adjacent shoreline land use, changes of shoreline land cover, and width of fringing mangroves. We suggest that a possible and inexpensive strategy for robust mangrove shoreline defense is direct mangrove planting to promote mangrove density with the presence of breakwater structures. In the shorter term, construction of coastal barriers such as fence-structured melaleuca poles in combination with mangrove restoration schemes could help retain coastal sediments and increase the elevation of the accretion zone, thereby helping to stabilize eroding fringe shorelines. It also is recommended that implementation of a system of payments for mangrove ecosystem services and the stronger regulation of mangrove cutting and unsustainable land-use change to strengthen the effectiveness of mangrove conservation programs and coastal land-use management.


Coastal mangrove Coastal shorelines Mixed-effects model Land use Land cover 



We are thankful to the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management the University of Queensland, Australia for funding field work and providing facilities to carry out this study. We are also grateful to GIZ Kien Giang and Kien Giang authorities for allowing us to conduct study in mangrove forests and supplying us with all logistics support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hai-Hoa Nguyen
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Clive McAlpine
    • 1
  • David Pullar
    • 1
  • Stephen Joseph Leisz
    • 3
  • Gramotnev Galina
    • 1
  1. 1.The School of Geography, Planning & Environmental ManagementThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Forest Resources & Environmental ManagementVietnam Forestry UniversityHanoi CityVietnam
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyThe Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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