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Coastal Erosion and Protection in Europe

By: Enzo Pranzini (Editor), Allan T Williams (Editor)

457 pages, 350 colour & 30 b/w photos and llustrations, 1 colour table


Hardback | Feb 2013 | #205506 | ISBN-13: 9781849713399
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Europe has a long history of managing coastal erosion through a variety of protection strategies, from the defences of the Venice lagoons to coastal land reclamation in the Netherlands. Coastal Erosion and Protection in Europe provides a comprehensive review of the entire coastline of Europe and a comparative analysis of erosion problems and solutions in each country.

Each chapter discusses the natural and anthropogenic factors in the erosion process and in defence projects design and maintenance, including coastal morphology and wave climate, land use changes and use of coastal areas, the evolution of coastal protection, climate change and political and administrative assessments. Particular attention is paid to demographic and economic factors influencing coastal erosion in each country and to technical and administrative criteria influencing defence projects design. Lavishly illustrated in full colour throughout, Coastal Erosion and Protection in Europe represents a definitive reference work on its subject.

"This is the first book that summarizes the critical issues of coastal erosion and shore defense measures that have been deployed in Europe. Leading scholars in each country have authored 22 chapters in this all-encompassing book that serves as an up-to-date resource for coastal professionals and others interested in European coastal changes and adaptive responses. I highly recommend this book."
– Stephen P. Leatherman, Director and Professor, Laboratory for Coastal Research, Florida National University, USA

"This book takes you on a tour of each of Europe's 25 coastal countries. It's a fascinating insight into both the physical characteristics (guess which is the longest) and major coastal processes of each coast, together with an overview of contemporary protective works and major coastal structures. A must for all students of the coast, academics and professionals."
– Andy Short, Professor, Coastal Studies Unit, University of Sydney, Australia

"Countries fronting the sea have been suffering from serious problems of beach and coastal erosion in response to increasing urban, industrial, recreational or tourism development. This book describes site-specific problems in each country of Europe along with the physiographic background and illustrates various types of remedial measures employed. The book will be of highest value to coastal scientists, engineers and planners not only in European countries but in other countries of the world."
– Tsuguo Sunamura, Professor Emeritus, Osaka University, Japan


1. Introduction Enzo Pranzini and Allan T. Williams
2. Russia Ruben Kosyan, Marina Krylenko, Daria Ryabchuk and Boris Chubarenko
3. Sweden Magnus Larson and Hans Hanson
4. The Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania Hannes Tonisson, Kaarel Orviku, Janis Lapinskis, Saulius Gulbinskas and Rimas Zaromskis
5. Poland Kazimierz Furmanczyk
6. Denmark Per Sorensen
7. Germany Jurgen Jensen and Klaus Schwarzer
8. Netherlands Frank van der Meulen, Bert van der Valk and Bas Arens
9. Belgium Roger H. Charlier
10. Great Britain (GB) Simon Blott, Robert W. Duck, Michael R. Phillips, Nigel Pontee, Kenneth Pye, and Allan T. Williams
11. Ireland Andrew Cooper
12. France Edward J. Anthony and Francois Sabatier
13. Spain Vicente Gracia, Agustin Sanchez-Arcilla and Giorgio Anfuso
14. Portugal Oscar Ferreira and Ana Matias
15. Italy Enzo Pranzini
16. Eastern Adriatic Kristina Pikelj, Vojislav Dragnic and Nemanja Malovrazic
17. Albania Gjovalin Gruda and Merita Dollma
18. Greece George Alexandrakis, George Ghionis, Serafim E. Poulos and Nikolaos A. Kampanis
19. Bulgaria Margarita Stancheva
20. Romania Adrian Stanica, Nicolae Panin and Glicherie Caraivan
21. Ukraine Yuri N. Goryachkin
22. Conclusions Enzo Pranzini, Lilian Wetzel and Allan Williams

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Enzo Pranzini is Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Florence, Italy. He is President of the Italian National Group of Environmental Coastal Research, and editor of the Italian Studi Costieri series.

Allan T. Williams is Professor of Physical Geography at Swansea Metropolitan University, University of Wales, UK. He is author or co-author of over 300 publications, including Beach Management (Earthscan, 2009).

Contributors: George Alexandrakis, Giorgio Anfuso, Edward J. Anthony, Bas Arens, Simon Blott, Glicherie Caraivan, Roger H. Charlier, Boris Chubarenko, Andrew Cooper, Merita Dollma, Vojislav Dragnic, Robert W. Duck, Oscar Ferreira, Kazimierz Furmanczyk, George Ghionis, Yuri N. Goryachkin, Vicente Gracia, Gjovalin Gruda, Saulius Gulbinskas, Hans Hanson, Jurgen Jensen, Nikolaos A. Kampanis, Ruben Kosyan, Marina Krylenko, Janis Lapinskis, Magnus Larson, Nemanja Malovrazic, Ana Matias, Frank van der Meulen, Kaarel Orviku, Nicolae Panin, Michael R. Phillips, Kristina Pikelj, Nigel Pontee, Serafim E. Poulos, Kenneth Pye, Daria Ryabchuk, Francois Sabatier, Agustin Sanchez-Arcilla, Klaus Schwarzer, Per Sorensen, Margarita Stancheva, Adrian Stanica, Hannes Tonisson, Bert van der Valk, Lilian Wetzel and Rimas Zaromskis.

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