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  • 1. Coastal Management
  • 2. Starter: Mind-map all the different things people use coast lines for. What are Coasts used for?
  • 3. Some coastlines are under threat of erosion causing cliffs to retreat and beach material to be lost. Others are at risk from coastal flooding . In many cases the decision has been made to try and reduce the erosion to protect the coastline. This is called COASTAL MANAGEMENT. Coastal Management = The attempt by people to maintain the natural features of the coast for their own advantage
  • 4. Types of Coastal Management HARD ENGINEERING Hard engineering options tend to be expensive and short-term . They may also have a high impact on the landscape or environment. SOFT ENGINEERING Soft engineering options are often less expensive than hard engineering options. They are usually also more long-term and sustainable , with less impact on the environment.
  • 5. HARD ENGINEERING
  • 6. GROYNES – Wooden/concrete barriers built at right angles to the beach.
    • Very commonly used
    • They help build up beach material by preventing longshore drift.
    • Groynes are small scale solutions and are cheaper than sea walls.
    • Groynes reduce sediment loss from LSD, which may have an effect on areas downcoast (as these areas might get starved of material and their beaches get smaller).
    • They have a short lifespan.
  • 7.
    • Vertical or sloping walls, built along the shoreline
    • Usually made of concrete .
    • They concentrate wave energy and reflect it back at the sea .
    • Often controversial as they are ugly and can be destroyed eventually.
    • Waves scour at the bases of the walls & eventually undermine them, causing failure. As a result, seawalls only provide temporary protection before needing replacement.
    • They are expensive .
    • The wall receives maximum impact which weakens the structure.
    SEA WALLS
  • 8.
    • Designed to reduce the energy of the waves
    • The structures absorb the energy of the waves before they reach the cliffs. This method prevents wave scour.
    • Allow sediment to pass through them , which means that LSD is not stopped .
    • They are also very cheap , but they do need to be replaced quite often & can be regarded as ugly.
    REVETMENTS
  • 9.
    • Large boulders that are lain against the cliff / on the beach like a wall
    • They are permeable structures so allow water through but they are able to dissipate wave energy by absorbing the impact of the waves.
    • Boulders are much cheaper than sea walls & are longer lasting .
    • However, some consider them ugly & can reduce the recreational value of the beach.
    • They can also act as groynes & can prevent LSD
    Rock Armour (Rip-Rap)
  • 10.
    • Similar to the Rip-rap method of protection (they dissipate wave energy etc).
    • However, gabions use smaller rocks and are encased in a wire mesh
    • Potential problems arise when the wire mesh breaks ( risk of injury ) and could also say that they are pretty ugly .
    • Gabions may not last for a long period of time (5-10 years)
    GABIONS
  • 11. SOFT ENGINEERING
  • 12.
    • Replacement of sand/pebbles on eroding beaches.
    • Beaches are the best natural protection against erosion as they dissipate wave energy
    • The best example is the nourishment of beaches at Miami Beach where 17.7 million m³ of sediment was built up
    • The problem with beach nourishment is that one severe storm event may remove vast amounts of the expensive sediment.
    • Short life span
    Beach Nourishment / Replenishment
  • 13. Beach reshaping.
    • Sand dunes and cliffs are a natural sea defence .
    • They dissipate wave energy and protect the area behind from flooding .
    • They are stabilised by fences or by planting grasses to hold the sand and rocks together.
    • This is cheap and effective but easily damaged by people if not maintained and have a short life span
  • 14. MANAGED RETREAT
    • This is where in certain areas, the sea is allowed to reclaim (flood) the land that was once covered by the sea.
    • This often means that farmland is lost , but the pressure of floods are reduced because it creates salt marshes that can be flooded and can absorb the energy.
    • A natural and long-term sustainable solution.
    • Does require compensation for land that is lost.
  • 15. Sea Wall Do nothing – managed retreat Beach Renourishment Groynes Cliff reshaping Beach Renourishment Rock Armour
  • 16. Method How does it work? Advantages Disadvantages Groynes Sea Wall Revetments Rock Armour Gabions Beach renourishment Beach reshaping Managed Retreat
  • 17. Dorset trip
    • Working in groups of 3
    • Look through the booklet of activities
    • Timeline for the day ( important = meet in North carpark @ 0745, return @ 1700)
    • What to bring?