A Global View on Beach Erosion

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Abstract

Coastal zones have long attracted humans and human activities, due to the economic opportunities they offer, their aesthetic value, and the diverse ecosystem services they provide. As a result, coastal zones throughout the world have become heavily populated and developed, with 15 of the world’s 20 megacities (population >10 million) being in the coastal zone. The global coastline is spatially varied and comprises different coastal landforms, such as barrier islands, sea cliffs, sandy coasts, tidal flats, and river deltas. Of these different coastline types, the sandy coasts are highly dynamic in time and space and constitute a substantial part of the world’s coastline. Sandy coasts are highly developed and densely populated due to the amenities
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sand Motor: A Nature-Based Response to Climate Change
Subtitle of host publicationFindings and Reflections of the Interdisciplinary Research Program NatureCoast
Place of PublicationDelft
PublisherDelft University Publishers - TU Delft Library
Pages174-175
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print) 978 94 6384-021-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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    Luijendijk, A. (2019). A Global View on Beach Erosion. In The Sand Motor: A Nature-Based Response to Climate Change: Findings and Reflections of the Interdisciplinary Research Program NatureCoast (pp. 174-175). Delft University Publishers - TU Delft Library.