Vietnam battles erosion of beaches – and of tourism

Posted In Erosion, News, Shoreline Armoring
Dec
10

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Cua Dai beach (Hoi An, Vietnam 2016). Photo source: ©© Paul Arps

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Walking along Cua Dai is like visiting a beach-restoration technology exhibition, with efforts ranging from stone seawalls to fiber-and-sand wave breakers…

Read Full Article; CSM (11-30-2016)

Coastal Erosion Reaches Alarming Levels in Vietnam; IPS (11-29-2012)

Vietnam UNESCO Heritage Threatened by Erosion as Dams Stop Sedimentation; Thanhnien News (06-12-2015)

Vietnamese beaches hit by worst toxic chemical spill have been deemed safe for swimming; Radio Free Asia (08-23-2016)

Living shorelines a more natural approach to preventing coastal erosion, WNCT (05-18-2016)
For centuries, large bulkheads have been used to help control erosion along coastlines. More recent research suggests that a natural approach may be a better alternative. Having nature on your side, especially during a storm or hurricane, is proven to provide better protection from coastal erosion…

Rethinking Living Shorelines, By Orrin H. Pilkey, Rob Young, Norma Longo, and Andy Coburn;Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines / Western Carolina University, March 1, 2012, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
In response to the detrimental environmental impacts caused by traditional erosion control structures, environmental groups, state and federal resource management agencies, now advocate an approach known as “Living Shorelines”that embraces the use of natural habitat elements such as indigenous vegetation, to stabilize and protect eroding shorelines.

“Seawalls Kill Beaches,” Open Letters by Warner Chabot And Rob Young, (10-03-2014)

The Negative Impacts Of Groins, (02-12-2009)
The negative impact of groins on downdrift shorelines is well understood. When a groin works as intended, sand moving along the beach in the so-called downdrift direction is trapped on the updrift side of the groin, causing a sand deficit and increasing erosion rates on the downdrift side. This well-documented and unquestioned impact is widely cited in the engineering and geologic literature.

Terminal Groins Don’t Stop Erosion; Coastal Review (05-03-2016)

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