Reports from Kwandong University Highlight Recent Research in Coastal Research
2011 AUG 26 - (VerticalNews.com) -- According to the authors of a study from Kangnung, South Korea, "Beach erosion problems have become prevalent in Korea as a result of its economic growth and coastal development. This paper summarizes a comprehensive approach used to mitigate beach erosion that occurred after the construction of a coastal road with a seawall along Namae Beach in Korea."
"Field measurements of waves and currents were performed to identify the wave-induced current pattern associated with the observed shoreline erosion in front of the seawall. The construction of a short jetty and two submerged reef mounds was proposed to reduce the wave-induced current and resulting beach erosion. After the jetty construction from May to August, 2008, the shoreline advanced offshore continuously in the zone affected by the jetty. Field monitoring will be continued during the reef mound construction and for beach nourishment proposed to maintain a wide beach in front of the seawall," wrote K.H. Kim and colleagues, Kwandong University.
The researchers concluded: "This mitigation project indicates that the effect of a coastal road on an adjacent beach should be taken into account before its siting because of the long-term evolution of the beach morphology."
Kim and colleagues published their study in the Journal of Coastal Research (Mitigation of Beach Erosion after Coastal Road Construction. Journal of Coastal Research, 2011;27(4):645-651).
For more information, contact K.H. Kim, Kwandong University, Dept. of Civil Engineering, 522 Naegok, Kangnung 210701, Gangwon, SOUTH KOREA.
Publisher contact information for the Journal of Coastal Research is: Coastal Education & Research Foundation, 810 East 10TH Street, Lawrence, KS 66044, USA.
Keywords: City:Kangnung, Country:South Korea, Region:Asia
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