Soft Shore Protection

An Environmental Innovation in Coastal Engineering

  • Constantine Goudas
  • George Katsiaris
  • Vincent May
  • Theophanis Karambas

Part of the Coastal Systems and Continental Margins book series (CSCM, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Francesco L. Chiocci, Giovanni B. La Monica
    Pages 39-48
  3. S. Van Vuren, M. Kok, R. E. Jorissen
    Pages 81-104
  4. Th. V. Karambas, Ch. Koutitas, S. Christopoulos
    Pages 105-114
  5. Markus Saari, Saeedur Rahman
    Pages 115-125
  6. H. P. Riedel, P. O’Brien, R. Smith
    Pages 127-136
  7. Kazumasa Katoh, Shinn-Ichi Yanagishima, Iwao Hasegawa, Akiyoshi Katano
    Pages 157-170
  8. Michio Sato, Ryuichiro Nishi, Kazuo Nakamura, Takao Sasaki
    Pages 171-182
  9. Pierluigi Aminti, Chiara Cammelli, Luigi E. Cipriani, Enzo Pranzini
    Pages 199-210
  10. C. L. Goudas, G. A. Katsiaris, G. Labeas, G. Karahalios, G. Pnevmatikos
    Pages 227-260
  11. Pierluigi Aminti, Luigi E. Cipriani, Enzo Pranzini
    Pages 261-274
  12. C. L. Goudas, G. Katsiaris, G. Karahalios, G. Pnevmatikos
    Pages 275-287
  13. B. López De San Román-Blanc, J. S. Damgaard, T. T. Coates, P. Holmes
    Pages 289-299
  14. C. L. Goudas, G. A. Katsiaris, N. Kafoussias, C. Massalas, G. Pnevmatikos, M. Xenos et al.
    Pages 311-336
  15. Robert G. Dean
    Pages 349-394
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 395-398

About this book


Global warming, melting polar caps, rising sea levels and intensifying wave-current action, factors responsible for the alarming phenomena of coastal erosion on the one hand and adverse environmental impacts and the high cost of 'hard' protection schemes, on the other, have created interest in the detailed examination of the potential and range of applicability of the emerging and promising category of 'soft' shore protection methods. 'Soft' methods such as beach nourishment, submerged breakwaters, artificial reefs, gravity drain systems, floating breakwaters, plantations of hydrophylous shrubs or even dry branches, applied mostly during the past 20 years, are recognised as possessing technical, environmental and financial advantageous properties deserving more attention and further developmental experimentation than has occured hitherto. On the other hand, 'hard' shore protection methods such as seawalls, groins and detached breakwaters, artefacts borrowed from port design and construction technology, no matter how well designed and well implemented they may be, can hardly avoid intensification of the consequential erosive, often devastating, effects on the down-drift shores. Moreover, they often do not constitute environmentally and financially attractive solutions for long stretches of eroding shoreline. Engineers and scientists practising design and implementation of shore defence schemes have been aware for many years of the public demand for improved shore protection technologies. They are encouraging efforts that promise enrichment of those environmentally sound and financially attractive methods that can be safely applied.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Constantine Goudas
    • 1
  • George Katsiaris
    • 1
  • Vincent May
    • 2
  • Theophanis Karambas
    • 3
  1. 1.Studium of Mechanics, Department of MathematicsUniversity of PatrasGreece
  2. 2.School of Conservation SciencesBournemouth UniversityUK
  3. 3.Department of Civil EngineeringAristotle University of ThessalonikiGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3966-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0135-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1384-6434
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