3 Innovative Coastal Protection Solutions In Focus
Our marine environment is a valuable asset for coastal resorts and residential developments, and needs careful and sensitive management. This is especially the case for smaller countries like the UAE (83,600 m2) that rely on tourism as one of the dominant industries.
Coastal erosion has always been an issue and seen as one of the main threats, and is not just a result of the recent climate change. Coastal monitoring is very important nowadays to be able to plan and manage erosion control actions ahead, such as beach nourishment.
At Ecocoast, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of designing and constructing innovative marine structures for coastal development, protection and improvement. Even though we provide several unique solutions that have minimum environmental impact, this blogpost will be covering three of them on a high level - breakwaters, groynes and gabions.
- Breakwaters. Breakwaters (submerged) reduce the intensity of wave action, and have been widely used to protect coasts from erosion. Breakwaters can also be small structures, designed to protect a gently sloping beach. More here.
- Groynes. Groynes are cross-shore structures designed to trap sand that waves have moved along the beach, and prevent it from being transported. Timber has historically been used for the construction of a wide variety of coastal structures, such as groynes, offering an environmentally responsible material option. More here.
- Gabions. A gabion is a strong wire cage filled with rocks to reduce the power of the waves. The strength, engineering adaptability and low cost of gabions have made them a popular material for a wide range of construction works. More here.
Enough opportunities exist to leverage environmental assets, in order to design protective coastal and mainland structures, reducing financial costs at the same time.