This new edition – now with Nancy Jackson as a co-author – continues the themes of the first edition: the need to restore the biodiversity, ecosystem health, and ecosystem services provided by coastal landforms and habitats, especially in the light of climate change. The second edition reports on progress made on practices identified in the first edition, presents additional case studies, and addresses new and emerging issues. It analyzes the tradeoffs involved in restoring beaches and dunes – especially on developed coasts – the most effective approaches to use, and how stakeholders can play an active role. The concept of restoration is broad, and includes physical, ecological, economic, social, and ethical principles and ideals. Beach and Dune Restoration will be valuable for coastal scientists, engineers, planners, and managers, as well as shorefront residents. It will also serve as a useful supplementary reference textbook in courses dealing with issues of coastal management and ecology.
1. The Need for Restoration
2. Beach Nourishment and Impacts
3. Dune Building Practices and Impacts
4. Restoring Processes, Structure and Functions
5. Altering or Removing Shore Protection Structures
6. Options in Spatially Restricted Environments
7. Stakeholder Interests, Conflicts and Cooperation
8. A Locally Based Program for Beach and Dune Restoration
9. Research Needs
Karl F. Nordstrom is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. He has 45 years of experience in conducting coastal research. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America. His books include Estuarine Beaches, Beaches and Dunes of Developed Coasts, and Beach and Dune Restoration. He has published over 160 scholarly articles.
Nancy L. Jackson is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She has 30 years of research experience on beach and dune systems. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America, and a past Fulbright Distinguished Chair and Scholar. She has published over 100 scholarly articles.
"Read this book for a thorough and up-to-date account of the methods currently used in dune and beach restoration. Nordstrom and Jackson are world leaders in this field and they use a multitude of real-life case studies to illustrate the methods described. The work is contextualized in the framework of international agreements on biodiversity and habitat preservation, that are tempered by local demands and actions. Importantly, the authors talk about various categories and goals of restoration that allow the reader to differentiate the various paradigms within which restoration is undertaken. This will appeal to those involved in coastal conservation, engineering and management."
– Andrew Cooper, Ulster University
"Nordstrom and Jackson deliver fundamental insights into the complex dynamics of the world's human-altered coastlines. Essential reading for understanding the enigmatic ways in which humans change the physical coastal systems in which we live [...] a masterwork on the geomorphic interventions that typify human-dominated coastlines. Anyone thinking about future coastal change needs this book."
– Eli Lazarus, University of Southampton
"An urgent need to understand practical steps to manage the ocean–land boundary has arrived. With sea level rise and rapid urbanization, landowners, governmental managers, and designers must quickly find the best solutions to maintain functioning and valuable sandy shorelines. The authors give us the many perspectives of stakeholders from small to regional scales. This book is an invaluable compendium of coastal issues and solutions that are pragmatic for different landforms and social settings. The comprehensive discussion of hard and soft solutions for protecting changing coastlines details the constraints and compromises necessary to manage shorelines. The perspectives from biology, geology, ecology, economics, and the regulatory world are richly detailed, showing the wide perspective that is needed. The value of ecological solutions is detailed but the constraints on restoration ecology in our modern world are frankly presented. This book is the best manual now available to understand the interdisciplinary approach that must be taken for a sustainable shoreline future. As a text for advanced education or as a desktop encyclopedia for regulators and shoreline professionals, this Nordstrom and Jackson new edition is our best guide to designing and managing sea-land edges. References and case studies are from around the world, giving the volume the widest application."
– Steven N. Handel, Rutgers University; Editor, Ecological Restoration