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Coastal Land Loss

Coastal Land Loss

Orrin H. Pilkey, Robert A. Morton, Joseph T. Kelley, Shea Penland

ISBN: 978-1-118-66750-7

Mar 2013, American Geophysical Union

73 pages

Select type: O-Book


Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Short Courses in Geology Series, Volume 2.

Two major phenomena are making coastal land loss an immediate problem for society. The first of these is the "rush to the shore"—the intense development of coastal areas since World War II. Tens of thousands of vacation homes have been built, the closer to the sea the better (Figure 1). This intensified shorefront development is occurring worldwide, fueled by a combination of population pressures and, in some countries, unprecedented individual wealth and prosperity.

Introduction 1

Social Implications of Land Loss 3

Factors Affecting Land Loss 6

Sea Level Rise 9

Alternative Responses to a Land Loss Problem 19

Methods of Quantifying Land Loss 24

Predicting Shoreline Refreat 27

Regional Land Loss 31