The desire to preserve assets in the coastal zone has resulted in the widespread installation of coastal defences. The whole task of planning, designing, building and managing coastal defences in a cost-effective, environmentally acceptable and sustainable manner is a complicated undertaking, involving a wide range of skills, Based on contributions from numerous experienced specialists, "Coastal Defence" offers an introductory handbook to this challenging subject matter. The Guide starts with a review of the history of coastal defences in the UK, and of the legal administrative arrangements for their construction. This is followed by a description of the important processes causing changes to the coast, and examples of the commonest types of coastal defences. It then explains the information that is needed to decide whether installing defences is justifiable, and how to choose appropriate types of defence for further consideration. These decisions have to take account of the technical, environmental and economic aspects of any proposed scheme. In the remainder of the report, the issues of detailed design, construction and post-construction activities are explained.
"Coastal Defence" will be an essential resource for civil engineers working with coastal defences, management and engineering. Local Authorities and civil engineering students will also find this guide informative and a valuable reference tool.show more