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Coastal management needs review

By Chip Fletcher on behalf of the Hawaii Shore and Beach

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 26, 2014

~~<p>As a group of engineers, scientists, planners and community representatives concerned with management of the Hawaiian shoreline, we note that severe erosion, such as on Oahu's North Shore, has occurred before and is likely to occur again.</p>
<p>Erosion is caused by sand deficiencies related to human impacts, waves and wave-generated currents, and sea level rise. In fact, given that warming in the global climate system is unequivocal, the level of damage related to future erosion tied to sea level rise and increases in storminess is expected to grow. However, it is human impacts, such as seawall construction and coastal development on dunes, that contribute to the disappearance of our beaches.</p>
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As a group of engineers, scientists, planners and community representatives concerned with management of the Hawaiian shoreline, we note that severe erosion, such as on Oahu's North Shore, has occurred before and is likely to occur again.

Erosion is caused by sand deficiencies related to human impacts, waves and wave-generated currents, and sea level rise. In fact, given that warming in the global climate system is unequivocal, the level of damage related to future erosion tied to sea level rise and increases in storminess is expected to grow. However, it is human impacts, such as seawall construction and coastal development on dunes, that contribute to the disappearance of our beaches. Login for more...



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