Beach and Dune Restoration

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 18, 2008 - Nature - 187 pages
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This book analyzes the tradeoffs involved in restoring beaches and dunes on intensively developed coasts, the most effective approaches to use, and the ways to educate and involve stakeholders. It identifies restoration strategies that enhance natural processes and make coastal landforms more dynamic while maintaining their value for shore protection. In addition to ecological values, the concept of restoration is expanded to include physical, economic, social and ethical principles. Compromise management solutions are suggested to accommodate the needs of different user groups, including municipal managers and individual property owners. The means of overcoming inertia or antagonism to environmentally friendly actions are also discussed. The book is written for coastal scientists, engineers, planners and managers, and serves as a useful supplementary reference text for courses in coastal management, ecology and environmental ethics.

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Karl F. Nordstrom is a Professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he has been teaching for over 30 years. His distinguished career of research into beaches and dunes in oceans and estuarine environments includes receiving Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards (Germany) in 1999 and 2006, and the Grove Karl Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphological Research in 2001. He has worked in the USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, and Germany, and has published numerous books, including Beaches and Dunes of Developed Coasts, also by Cambridge University Press in 2000. He has contributed to over 80 articles in journals and over 40 chapters in books and edited symposia. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Coastal Research and is a member of several professional associations on coastal environments and beach preservation.