Pitfalls of Shoreline Stabilization

  • Cooper J
  • Pilkey O
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At the coast all is not what it seems. Decades of beachfront development have seen a variety of efforts to stabilize the shoreline to protect ill-placed beachfront property, both from shoreline erosion and from storm damage. Both of these problems become increasingly critical in a time of rising sea level. Many natural beaches are backed by sea walls, while others have been transformed by whole series of groynes, offshore breakwaters and a plethora of other schemes. Many recreational beaches are actually artificial replicas of the real thing, emplaced to protect badly placed infrastructure and.

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Cooper, J. A. G., & Pilkey, O. H. (2012). Pitfalls of Shoreline Stabilization. Coastal Research Library. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4123-2

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