Dune Management Challenges on Developed Coasts
USACE ERDC Vicksburg United States
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Sand dunes are large coastal features typically formed when windblown sand is trapped and stabilized by vegetation. Located between the back beach and inland features, they are an essential component of the coastal sediment budget and a primary control on the backshore ecosystem. In this role, coastal dunes provide essential ecosystem services, including habitat for endangered species such as piping plovers,sites of high tourism value, groundwater recharge zones, and protection of coastal infrastructure and properties from wave erosion and storm surge flooding.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Civil Engineering