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Beach and Dune Restoration

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ISBN-10: 052185346X

ISBN-13: 9780521853460

Edition: 2008

Authors: Karl F. Nordstrom

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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.
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Book details

List price: $144.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/18/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
The need for restoration
The problem
Human modifications
Values, goods, and services of beaches and dunes
The need for restoring beaches and dunes
Definitions and approaches to restoration
The elusiveness of a time-dependent target state
Types of restoration projects
Scope of book
Beach nourishment and impacts
The potential for restoration
General design considerations
Sediment characteristics
Potential negative impacts of nourishment operations
Alternative practices to minimize environmental losses and enhance values
Alternative designs for beach fills
Restoring sediment characteristics
Monitoring and adaptive management
Concluding statement
Dune building practices and impacts
Characteristics of human-altered dunes
Dunes built by aeolian transport from nourished beaches
Building dunes by deposit of fill from external sources
Building dunes by beach scraping
Building dunes using sand fences
Building dunes using vegetation
Building dunes using multiple strategies
Concluding statement
Restoring processes, structure, and functions
Increasing complexity and dynamism
The issue of dynamism
Altering or removing shore protection structures
Restricting beach raking
Restricting driving on beaches and dunes
Removing or altering sand-trapping fences
Protecting endangered species
Altering growing conditions
Replacing vegetation
Restoring slacks
Allowing time for naturalization
Determining appropriate levels of dynamism
Offsite activities
Concluding statement
Options in spatially restricted environments
Alternative restoration outcomes
Natural gradient
Truncated gradient
Compressed gradient
Expanded gradient
Fragmented and decoupled gradients
Implications
A locally based program for beach and dune restoration
The need for local action
Gaining acceptance for natural landforms and habitats
Identifying reference conditions
Establishing demonstration sites
Developing guidelines and protocols
Developing and implementing public education programs
Maintaining and evaluating restored environments
Stakeholder interests, conflicts, and co-operation
Obtaining public support
The need for compromise solutions
Contrasts in stakeholder perceptions and values
Stakeholder actions
The resulting landscape
Research needs
Introduction
Nourishing beaches
Building dunes
Accommodating or controlling dynamism
Options in spatially restricted environments
Addressing stakeholder concerns and needs
Maintaining and evaluating restored environments
Concluding statement
References
Index