Pitfalls of Shoreline Stabilization

Selected Case Studies

  • J. Andrew G. Cooper
  • Orrin H. Pilkey

Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Andrew D. Short
    Pages 15-36
  3. Charles W. Finkl
    Pages 37-52
  4. Owen K. Mason, James W. Jordan, Leanne Lestak, William F. Manley
    Pages 73-92
  5. Andrew S. Coburn
    Pages 105-119
  6. Alan M. Smith, Simon C. Bundy, Andrew A. Mather
    Pages 121-130
  7. Orrin H. Pilkey
    Pages 131-139
  8. Bradley M. Romine, Charles H. Fletcher
    Pages 141-164
  9. Orrin H. Pilkey, J. Andrew G. Cooper
    Pages 187-214
  10. Giorgio Anfuso, José Ángel Martínez-del-Pozo, Nelson Rangel-Buitrago
    Pages 215-233
  11. Helena Granja, José Luís Pinho
    Pages 251-266
  12. Hilary Stevens, Arthur Trembanis
    Pages 267-281
  13. Michael R. Phillips
    Pages 283-302
  14. Edward J. Anthony, François Sabatier
    Pages 303-321
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 323-333

About this book


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.


Beach nourishment Beach nourishment Coastal engineering Coastal engineering Coastal erosion Coastal erosion Coastal management Coastal management Sea level rise response Sea level rise response

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Andrew G. Cooper
    • 1
  • Orrin H. Pilkey
    • 2
  1. 1., School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of UlsterColeraineUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Nicholas School of the EnvironmentDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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