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Beach and Dune Restoration

Details

  • 26 b/w illus. 7 tables
  • Page extent: 200 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.55 kg

Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521853460)

This book analyzes the tradeoffs involved in restoring beaches and dunes on intensively developed coasts, the most effective approaches to use, and the ways to educate and involve stakeholders. It identifies restoration strategies that enhance natural processes and make coastal landforms more dynamic while maintaining their value for shore protection. In addition to ecological values, the concept of restoration is expanded to include physical, economic, social and ethical principles. Compromise management solutions are suggested to accommodate the needs of different user groups, including municipal managers and individual property owners. The means of overcoming inertia or antagonism to environmentally friendly actions are also discussed. The book is written for coastal scientists, engineers, planners and managers, and serves as a useful supplementary reference text for courses in coastal management, ecology and environmental ethics.

• Outlines a strategy of restoration for beaches and dunes that involves minimum changes in present practices and public expenditure • Applies the concept 'think globally, act locally' to coastal management, thereby targeting the largely untapped source of municipal managers and shorefront property owners • Addresses the need for compromise management solutions, which helps overcome inertia and hostility to environmentally friendly actions

Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. The need for restoration; 2. Beach nourishment and impacts; 3. Dune building practices and impacts; 4. Restoring processes, structure and functions on developed coasts; 5. Options in spatially restricted environments; 6. A locally-based program for beach and dune restoration; 7. Stakeholder interests, conflicts and cooperation; 8. Research needs; References; Index.

Reviews

'Karl Nordstrom's book on Beach and Dune Restoration is a timely and appropriate text.' Iris Möller, Ocean Challenge

'… a useful resource for undergraduate students interested in the future of coastal management. … The book meets its aim in that it informs and educates stakeholders about potential viable alternative methods of managing developing landforms with the view to maintaining their function in line with stakeholder interests, while allowing natural processes to progress, further improving stability and diversity in beach and dune systems.' Environmental Conservation

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