Committee on Beach Nourishment and Protection, National Research Council
Many coastal communities have built structures at their beaches and added quantities of sand in contoured designs to combat erosion. Are such beach nourishment projects technically and economically sound? Or are they nothing more than building sand castles, as critics claim? Beach Nourishment and Protection provides a sound technical basis for decisionmaking, with recommendations regarding the utility of beach nourishment, the appropriate role of federal agencies, responsibility for cost, design methodology, and other issues. This volume
Examines the economic and social role of beaches, the history of beach nourishment projects, and management strategies for shore protection.
Discusses the role of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies, with a close-up look at the federal flood insurance program.
Explores the state of the art in project design and prediction of outcomes, including the controversy over the use of traditional and nontraditional shore protection devices.
Addresses what is known about the environmental impacts of beach nourishment.
Identifies what outcomes should be targeted for continued monitoring by project officials.
Beach Nourishment and Protection provides insight into the technical, economic, environmental, and policy implications of beach nourishment and protection, with examples and suggested research directions.
National Research Council. Beach Nourishment and Protection. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1995.