Innovative Engineering Solutions and Best Practices to Mitigate Coastal Risk

Hans F. Burcharth*, Barbara Zanuttigh, Thomas Lykke Andersen, Javier L. Lara, Gosse Jan Steendam, Piero Ruol, Philippe Sergent, Rafał Ostrowski, Rodolfo Silva, Luca Martinelli, Jørgen Quvang Harck Nørgaard, Edgar Mendoza, David Simmonds, Nino Ohle, Jens Kappenberg, Shunqi Pan, Dan Kim Nguyen, Erik A. Toorman, Panayotis Prinos, Simon HoggartZhongyuan Chen, Danuta Piotrowska, Zbigniew Pruszak, Jan Schönhofer, Marek Skaja, Piotr Szmytkiewicz, Marek Szmytkiewicz, Igor Leont'yev, Elisa Angelelli, Sara Mizar Formentin, Hassan Smaoui, Qilong Bi, Janina Sothmann, Dagmar Schuster, Maotian Li, Jianzhong Ge, Jacek Lendzion, Theoharris Koftis, Sergey Kuznetsov, Araceli Puente, Beatriz Echavarri, Raul Medina, Pedro Díaz-Simal, Iñigo Losada Rodriguez, Maria Maza, Pablo Higuera

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Engineering solutions are widely used for the mitigation of flood and erosion risks and have new challenges because of the expected effects induced by climate change in particular sea level rise and increase of storminess.This chapter describes both active methods of mitigation based on the reduction of the incident wave energy, such as the use of wave energy converters, floating breakwaters and artificial reefs, and passive methods, consisting of increase in overtopping resistance of dikes, improvement of resilience of breakwaters against failures, and the use of beach nourishment as well as tailored dredging operations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Risk Management in a Changing Climate
Number of pages116
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-397310-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-12-397331-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Artificial reefs
  • Beach morphology
  • Breakwaters upgrade
  • Coastal defences
  • Dikes
  • Estuarine morphology
  • Floating breakwaters
  • Nourishment
  • Sand banks
  • Wave energy converters
  • Wave overtopping
  • Wave transmission


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