Beach Nourishment: Benefits, Theory and Case Examples

  • Robert G. Dean
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAIV, volume 53)


Beaches provide a wide range of societal benefits including storm protection, recreation, and habitat for a number of species. However, many beaches are under natural and/or human induced erosional pressures. The engineer is left with few choices to address this erosional pressure: (1) Correct the erosional cause which is usually practical only if the cause is human related, (2) Retreat from the shoreline, (3) Armor the shoreline, and (4) Beach nourishment which comprises the placement of large quantities of good quality sand in the nearshore system. In many cases, beach nourishment is the only practical environmentally friendly approach of those identified. Emphasis is directed to the benefits of beach nourishment and methodology which identifies the critical design factors. The application of a simple numerical model to predict the performance of two case examples is illustrated.


Beach Nourishment Beach Width Longshore Sediment Transport Erosional Pressure Breaking Wave Height 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert G. Dean
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  1. 1.Department of Civil and Coastal EngineeringUniversity of Florida GainesvilleUSA

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