Advertisement

Beach Nourishment: Benefits, Theory and Case Examples

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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Beach Nourishment Beach Width Longshore Sediment Transport Erosional Pressure Breaking Wave Height 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Browder, A. E., and R. G. Dean (2000) “Monitoring and Comparison to Predictive Models of the Perdido Key Beach Nourishment Project, Florida, USA”, Coastal Engineering, Vol. 39, 173–191CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Bruun, P. (1954) “Coast Erosion and the Development of Beach Profiles”, Technical Memorandum No. 44, Beach Erosion BoardGoogle Scholar
  3. Dean, R.G. (1977) “Equilibrium Beach Profiles: U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts”, Ocean Engineering Technical Report No. 12, Department of Civil Engineering and College of Marine Studies, University of DelawareGoogle Scholar
  4. Dean, R.G. (1987) “Coastal Sediment Processes: Toward Engineering Solutions”, Proceedings, Coastal Sediments, ASCE, 1–24Google Scholar
  5. Dean, R. G. (1991) “Equilibrium Beach Profiles: Characteristics and Applications”, Journal of Coastal Research, 7(1), 53–84Google Scholar
  6. Dean, R.G. (1995) “Beach Nourishment Planform Considerations”, Proceedings, Coastal Dynamics 95, American Society of Civil Engineers, 533–546Google Scholar
  7. Dean, R. G. and C.-H. Yoo (1992) “Beach-Nourishment Performance Predictions”, Proceedings, Journal of Waterway, Port Coastal and Ocean Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 118, No. 6, pp. 567–586Google Scholar
  8. Dean, R. G. (2002) “Beach Nourishment: Theory and Practice”, World Scientific Press, New Jersey, 399 PagesGoogle Scholar
  9. Houston, J. R. (2002) “The Economic Value of Beaches”, Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference on Beach Preservation Technology, Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Tallahassee, FL, pp. 31–42Google Scholar
  10. Larson, M., H. Hanson and N.C. Kraus (1997) “Analytical Solutions of One—Line Model for Shoreline Change Near Coastal Structures”, Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 123(4), 180–191Google Scholar
  11. Le Mehaute, B. and A. Brebner. (1961) “An Introduction to Coastal Morphology and Littoral Processes”, Report 14, Civil Engineering Department, Queen’s University, CanadaGoogle Scholar
  12. Moore, B. (1982) “Beach Profile Evolution in Response to Changes in Water Level and Wave Heights”, M.S. Thesis, University of Delaware, Newark, DEGoogle Scholar
  13. Pelnard-Considère, R. (1956) “Essai de Théorie de l’Evolution des Formes de Rivage en Plages de Sable et de Galets”, 4th Journees de l’Hydraulique, Les Energies de la Mer, Question III, Rapport No. 1Google Scholar
  14. Shows, E. W. (1978) “Florida’s Setback Line — An Effort to Regulate Beachfront Development” Coastal Management Journal, Vol. 4, Nos. 1–2, pp. 151–164Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

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

Personalised recommendations