OFFSHORE BREAKWATERS VERSUS BEACH NOURISHMENTS A COMPARISON

M. Pluijm, J.C. van der Lem, A.W. Kraak, J.H.W. de Ruig

Abstract


In the last decades two methods of coastal protection have become increasingly popular for the protection of sandy shores: beach nourishments and offshore breakwaters. In The Netherlands the first of both is well known and applied regularly. The second method has not been applied yet. With the increasing cost for beach nourishment and the apparent succes of offshore breakwater systems abroad, a study has been executed to the technical and economic feasibility of offshore breakwater systems in The Netherlands compared to the present strategy of beach nourishments. This paper highlights the results of this feasibility study.

Keywords


beach nourishment; breakwater; offshore breakwater

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