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Beach-profile measurement, theory and analysis: Practical guidance and applied case studies

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nick Cooper, Dr Jeremy Lowe


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Whilst beach-profile surveying is a relatively long-established and widely utilised shoreline monitoring technique, a considerable gap exists between theoretical and practical requirements from, and uses of, beach-profile data. The paper bridges this gap by providing a summary of the key elements of beach-profile measurement, theory and analysis. The benefits of applying these elements to practical coastal management are given in three case studies. The first case study presents results from beach-profile analysis on a regional scale in East Anglia. The second case study applies both analytical and theoretical techniques to investigate erosional problems along a coastal bay in Jersey. The third case study assesses the performance of two major sand-replenishment schemes in Poole Bay (on the south coast of England) based upon beach-profile volumetric analyses. Most importantly, the paper demonstrates that beach-profile measurement, theory and analysis can provide information of practical use in coastal management.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Cooper NJ, Leggett DJ, Lowe JP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Water and Environment Journal

Year: 2000

Volume: 14

Issue: 2

Pages: 79-88

ISSN (print): 1747-6585

ISSN (electronic): 1747-6593

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2000.tb00231.x


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