Authorities seek fixes to unprecedented erosion at Sunset Beach, Oahu

Authorities seek fixes to unprecedented erosion at Sunset Beach, Oahu


Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Experts say the severe erosion taking place at Sunset Beach is reaching unprecedented levels, leaving city and state officials hustling to find both short- and long-term solutions to address the rising sea levels.

Researchers at the University of Hawaii say the shoreline at Sunset Beach is the most landward it has ever been, according to historical records and aerial photos…

Read Full Article, Hawaii News Now (12-21-2017)

Erosion creates dangerous cliff conditions on Oahu’s North Shore; KHON2 (12-17-2017)

70 Percent of Beaches Eroding On Hawaiian Islands Kauai, Oahu, and Maui, USGS (05-08-2012)

Doubling of Coastal Erosion by Mid-Century in Hawai’i, Science Daily (03-24-2015)
Chronic erosion dominates the sandy beaches of Hawai’i, causing beach loss as it damages homes, infrastructure, and critical habitat. Researchers have long understood that global sea level rise will affect the rate of coastal erosion. However, new research indicates that coastal erosion of Hawai’i’s beaches may double by mid-century…

Living on the shores of Hawaii: natural hazards, the environment, and our communities, A book by Chip Fletcher; Robynne Boyd, William J. Neal and Virginia Tice.

Scientists Urge Shoreline Retreat From Hawaii’s Eroding Beaches, EE News
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.

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