Coastal Hazards

  • Charles W. Finkl

Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 1000)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Environmental and Human-Induced Hazards

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Remote Sensing of Coastal Hazards (Platforms, Methods, and Procedures)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Victor V. Klemas
      Pages 59-84
  4. Flood Hazards (Storm Surge, Sea-Level Rise, and Populations from Risk of Coastal Flood Hazards)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Sally Brown, Robert J. Nicholls, Colin D. Woodroffe, Susan Hanson, Jochen Hinkel, Abiy S. Kebede et al.
      Pages 117-149
    3. Mark Crowell, Jonathan Westcott, Susan Phelps, Tucker Mahoney, Kevin Coulton, Doug Bellomo
      Pages 151-183
    4. Bernhard Lee Lindner, Charles Cockcroft
      Pages 185-210
    5. James Houston
      Pages 245-266
  5. Hydrologic (Groundwater, Saltwater Intrusion, Brine Disposal) Hazards

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Adrian Ciocanea, Viorel Badescu, Richard B. Cathcart, Charles W. Finkl
      Pages 285-316
  6. Coastal Erosion and Sedimentation (Detection and Measurement of Shoreline Retreat)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. R. G. Dean, T. L. Walton, J. D. Rosati, L. Absalonsen
      Pages 319-365
    3. Jarbas Bonetti, Antonio Henrique da Fontoura Klein, Mariela Muler, Clarissa Brelinger De Luca, Guilherme Vieira da Silva, Elírio E. Toldo Jr. et al.
      Pages 423-442
  7. Coastal Dune Hazards (Erosion and Management)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 489-489
    2. Sara Muñoz Vallés, Jesús Cambrollé
      Pages 491-510
    3. Silvia Cristina Marcomini, Ruben Alvaro López
      Pages 511-553
  8. Coastal Storms (Tropical Cyclones and Extra-Tropical Winter Storms)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 555-555
    2. S. M. May, M. Engel, D. Brill, P. Squire, A. Scheffers, D. Kelletat
      Pages 557-585
    3. Paul D. Komar, Jonathan C. Allan, Peter Ruggiero
      Pages 587-674
  9. Wave Hazards (Extreme Coastal Waves, Storm Surge, and Runup)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 675-675
    2. Zai-Jin You, Peter Nielsen
      Pages 677-733
    3. Monzur A. Imteaz, Fatemeh Mekanik, Amimul Ahsan
      Pages 735-749
  10. Coastal Marine Pollution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 751-751
    2. A. T. Williams, K. Pond, A. Ergin, M. J. Cullis
      Pages 753-780
    3. Erich R. Gundlach
      Pages 781-808
  11. Beach Safety

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 809-809
    2. Stephen P. Leatherman
      Pages 811-831
  12. S. M. May, M. Engel, D. Brill, P. Squire, A. Scheffers, D. Kelletat
    Pages E1-E1
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 833-840

About this book


This book covers the gamut of coastal hazards that result from short-term low-frequency events and have high-magnitude and far-reaching impacts on coastal zones the world over. Much of the world’s population now lives in low-lying coastal zones that are inherently vulnerable to natural hazards such as flooding from hurricanes, tropical storms and northeastern storm surges; shoreline (beach and dune) erosion; cliff and bluff failures; and saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers used for drinking water supplies. In addition to the usual range of hydrometeorological disasters in coastal zones, this book covers tsunami impacts and warning systems as well as global perspectives of sea-level rise impacts and human perceptions of potential vulnerabilities resulting from rip currents that cause many drownings each year on beaches. Today, the use of numerical models that help predict vulnerabilities and provide a basis for shore protection measures is important in modern scientific and engineering systems. Final considerations focus on human actions in the form of the urbanization and industrialization of the coast, shore protection measures, and indicate how environmental degradation around coastal conurbations exacerbates the potential for unwanted impacts. Strategies for environmental management in coastal zones, from low-lying wetlands to high cliffs and rocky promontories, are highlighted as a means of living in harmony with Nature and not trying to conquer it.


Coastal hazards Coastal management Coastal science Environmental vulnerability Geological hazards

Editors and affiliations

  • Charles W. Finkl
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of GeosciencesFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

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