Coastal Engineering and Management

Coastal engineering is concerned with coping with coastal regions. In some jurisdictions, the phrases sea defense and coastal protection mean defense towards flooding and erosion, respectively. The time period coastal defense is the more traditional term, but coastal management has become more popular as the field has accelerated to techniques that allow erosion to claim land

Coastal engineering is the branch of civil engineering concerning the specific demands posed by constructing at or near the coast, as well as the development of the coast itself.
 
The hydrodynamic impact of especially waves, tides, storm surges and tsunamis and (often) the harsh environment of salt seawater are typical challenges for the coastal engineer – as are the morphodynamic changes of the coastal topography, caused both by the autonomous development of the system and man-made changes. The areas of interest in coastal engineering include the coasts of the oceans, seas, marginal seas, estuaries and big lakes.
 
Besides the design, building and maintenance of coastal structures, coastal engineers are often interdisciplinary involved in integrated coastal zone management, also because of their specific knowledge of the hydro- and morphodynamics of the coastal system. This may include providing input and technology for e.g. environmental impact assessment, port development, strategies for coastal defense, land reclamation, offshore wind farms and other energy-production facilities, etc.
  • Coastal Hydrodynamics and Morphology
  • Sustainable Coastal Structures
  • Natural Hazards and Risk Management
  • Coastal Infrastructure Developments
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
  • Civil and Offshore Engineering
  • Wind Turbine Construction and Management

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