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Scientists develop tool which can predict coastal erosion and recovery in extreme storms

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October 11, 2017 University of Plymouth read full ScienceDaily article

Coastal scientists have developed a computerized model which goes some way to answering…how to use existing data to confidently forecast annual coastal erosion and accretion.

[The] computer model… uses past wave observations and beach assessments to forecast the erosion and/or accretion of beach sediments over the coming year.They believe it could be a sea change for coastal managers, giving them the opportunity to make decisions that could protect communities from severe wave damage… They¬† have developed a traffic light system based on the severity of approaching storms, which will highlight the level of action required to protect particular beaches…

Mark A. Davidson, Ian L. Turner, Kristen D. Splinter, Mitchel D. Harley. Annual prediction of shoreline erosion and subsequent recovery. Coastal Engineering, 2017; 130: 14 DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.09.008

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