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Pitfalls of Shoreline Stabilization: Selected Case Studies (Coastal Research Library) Hardcover – 5 Jun 2012


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My name is Andrew Cooper. I am Professor of Coastal Studies at Ulster University in Northern Ireland, UK. I have had the good fortune to visit many of the world's coasts and to work on the beaches, dunes and seabed. Most of my work is about how and why the coast changes, but I also try to take this a stage further and use it to inform the way we humans co-exist with a changing shoreline.

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“This compendium of summaries of the impacts and unintended consequences of human attempts to stop coastal erosion … . Contributors describe human-built barriers or buffers for coastlines from a wide variety of settings, from the coast of Northern Ireland, to the Great Lakes in the US, to the Maldives. … chapters are instructive, analyze the situation, and adequately discuss approaches … . Summing Up: Recommended. … Professionals/practitioners.” (B. Ransom. Choice, Vol. 50 (6), February, 2013)

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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 maintained only through ongoing costly beach nourishment.  However, all of these attempts to stabilize the shoreline are far from benign. Degradation and even complete loss of the all important recreational beach sometimes results from seawall emplacement. Increasingly, the choice of shoreline stabilization approach will depend upon plans for future response to rising seas which in many cases may involve retreat from the shoreline rather than holding the line.  This book explores, through a series of case studies from around the globe, the pitfalls of shoreline stabilization and provides a ready reference for those with an interest in shoreline management.  It is particularly timely in a time of global change.


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Learning from others' mistakes ... 14 May 2014
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The book contains an excellent collection of papers on shore management from around the globe. J.A.G. Cooper, a fine writer of research papers himself, has assembled an equally capable selection of coastal engineers and scientists and the result will be of interest to coastal engineers, coastal managers, or indeed anyone with a serious interest in the coast and how it is managed (and mismanaged). In addition to the problems and pitfalls there are also some papers that contain successes and this provides a welcome balance.
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