Scientists Urge Shoreline Retreat From Hawaii’s Eroding Beaches

Beachfront reinforcing attempts with large sand bags, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii. Photo source: ©© Davidd


Sea-level rise is a significant factor in the major shoreline change underway in Hawaii, where 52 to 72 percent of beaches on the chain of islands have eroded over the past century, a recent study has found.

The more than 7 million tourists who flock to Hawaii’s beaches each year are part of an array of contributors to erosion. In addition to the influx of visitors, developments along the coasts continue to provoke shoreline change…

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