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Geography

Coastal management

Managing coasts can be tricky. Techniques can be divided into hard engineering and soft engineering. Watch this video to find out more.

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Key points

  • Techniques for managing coastal erosion fall under two categories - hard engineering and soft engineering.
  • Hard engineering tends to be expensive. Solutions can be unsustainable and have a high impact on the landscape and environment.
  • Soft engineering options are often cheaper. They are usually more long-term and sustainable, with less impact on the environment.
  • Beach management is replacing eroded beach or cliff material. It requires constant maintenance to keep replacing the material as it is washed away.
  • Managed retreat is where low value bits of coast are allowed to erode and flood naturally.

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