Title

Coastal Erosion--Causes, Erosion Control Methods, Economic and Environmental Impacts, and Best Management Practices

Date of Award

11-14-2007

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Env Policy Mgmt

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Daniel Pope

Keywords

beach erosion; Beach erosion -- Economic aspects -- Florida; Beach erosion -- Environmental aspects -- Florida; beach nourishment; Coast changes -- Economic aspects-- Florida; Coast changes -- Environmental aspects -- Florida; coastal erosion; coastal management; economic impacts; environmental impacts; erosion control methods; longshore s

Abstract

Coastal erosion is an important and constant issue facing coastal areas all over the world today. The rate of coastal development over the years has increased, in turn requiring that action be taken to protect structures from the threat of erosion. A review of the causes of coastal erosion and the methods implemented to control it was conducted in order to determine the best course of action in response to coastal erosion issues. The potential positive and negative economic and environmental impacts are key concerns in determining whether or not to restore an eroding beach and which erosion control method(s) to implement. Results focus on providing a comparison of these concerns as well as recommendations for addressing coastal erosion issues.

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