Computer Model to Help Managers with Renourishment Decisions?

Posted In Beach Nourishment, News
Mar
3

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On-board a sand dredger, offshore Miami. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

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Since the first project of its kind in the U.S. at Coney Island, N.Y., in 1922, coastal managers have used beach nourishment – essentially importing sand to replace sediment lost through storms or erosion – to restore damaged beaches, but it is laborious and expensive. Adding to coastal managers’ headaches, the offshore sand used for such ventures is running short…

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