Encyclopedia of Coastal Science

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Coastal Management Practices

  • Frank van der MeulenEmail author
  • Bert van der Valk
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48657-4_406-1


Coastal management practices embrace a complex and broad subject, hard to cover in a short paper. This entry starts with general aspects. It continues with a number of management practice examples that give the reader a sense for the scope of coastal management in the twenty-first century. Our examples deal with coastal-plain sedimentary environments. These are and will be amongst the most vulnerable in the future. The main focus selected is not on traditional civil engineering designs, but rather on nature-based designs. In our opinion, they deserve wider attention as well as opportunities.

General Aspects

Coastal Management (CM)

Our coasts are of great ecologic, economic, and sociologic importance (e.g., Martinez et al. 2007). The essence of CM lies in the integration of these sectors (Fig. 1). Coastal management (often also called Integrated Coastal (Zone) Management, ICM or ICZM) is a set of human activities and techniques applied to direct (or keep) the coast, and its...
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We are very grateful to Dr. Stephen Olsen (Coastal Resources Centre, University of Rhode Island, USA) and Dr. Ad van der Spek (Deltares, Delft and Utrecht University, The Netherlands) for their support and valuable comments on earlier versions of this entry. Figure 3 was drawn by Hans van Bergem, Deltares.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Frank van der Meulen ConsultancyVoorschotenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Deltares, Unit Marine and Coastal SystemsDelftThe Netherlands