What is coastal engineering?

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Coastal engineering is a type of management where strategies are put in place to protect areas from the effect of coastal erosion, transportation and deposition. Coastal engineering strategies can be categorized as being either 'hard' or 'soft'. Have a look at the following images - what coastal engineering strategies can you spot? [Hint: There are at least four in the image!]

Mixed coastal engineering
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Hard engineering

Sea walls

Sea wall with a wave return lip

Groynes

Groyne - Coastal Erosion Management, Criccieth, North Wales, UK

Revetments

Revetments

Rock Armour (Rip-Rap)

Coastal Management - Withernsea Sea Wall & Rip-Rap

Cliff Face Strategies

Coastal Management - Mappleton Cliff Regrade
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Soft engineering

Beach Nourishment

Beach shingle replenishment 1990 (1)

Managed Retreat

Tollesbury

'Do Nothing'

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