This film explores some of the Soft Engineering solutions used in coastal process management. Explore the different ways in which these solutions work and how they complement natural processes.
- Natural processes such as erosion, flooding and longshore drift cause problems for coastal dwellers.
- Soft engineering offers long-term, relatively inexpensive and sustainable solutions to the natural coastal processes.
- Beach nourishment and sand dune stabilization reduce the effects of erosion and longshore drift.
- Managed realignment is the most cost-effective solution, as it allows the natural process, using the areas affected as beaches and wetland.
Natural processes such as erosion, flooding and longshore drift can contribute to the degradation of our coastlines.
Effective management can lessen these impacts.
This can be achieved through hard engineering solutions, which are usually expensive and short term.
However, there is another type of coastal management: soft engineering, which provides long-term, less expensive ...
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