Coastal Protection

“Facts About: Coastal Protection” describes all measures to protect coasts and nearby inhabitants against flooding, a need amplified by population growth and climate change.

Coastal protection spans interventions, structures and measures protecting coastal areas and their inhabitants against flooding, a need amplified by urbanisation and development to handle global population growth combined with the effects of climate change. Coastal protection may be ensured through natural or man-made systems, or a combination of both. Available techniques which can be implemented fall into two categories: hard strategies and soft strategies. “Facts About: Coastal Protection” answers essential questions such as:
  • What is coastal protection?
  • Why is coastal protection necessary?
  • How can a coast be protected?
  • What are hard coastal protection strategies?
  • What are sea dykes?
  • What are seawalls?
  • What are revetments?
  • What are groynes?
  • What are offshore breakwaters?
  • What are soft coastal protection strategies?
  • How does dune nourishment work?
  • How does supratidal beach nourishment work?
  • How does foreshore nourishment work?
  • How does mega-nourishment work?
  • How does morphological nourishment work?
  • Which are better, hard or soft coastal protection strategies?
  • What should be considered for coastal protection in the future?