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Managed Realignment:a Viable Long-Term Coastal Management Strategy?


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1. Introduction.- 2. What is managed realignment?.- 3. Methods of implementation.- 4. Examples of relevant strategies and policies.- 5. Considerations on managed realignment in the Netherlands.- 6. The National Trust Approach to Coastal Change and Adaptive Management.- 7. Managed Retreat in Maui, Hawaii.- 8. Managed realignment in the UK: the role of the environment Agency.- 9. Factors Influencing the Long-Term Sustainability of Managed Realignment.- 10. Current Perceptions about Managed Realignment.- 11. Concluding Remarks.

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Dr Luciana Esteves's research and teaching interests are related to environmental change in coastal areas driven by natural and human-induced process and the implications to coastal management., especially related to flood and erosion risk management. She has conducted research in Brazil, the USA and in the UK. She has worked in research projects funded by the EU, NERC and SW Regional Development Agency addressing the impacts of storms on coastal morphology, coastal flooding by extreme events and environmental impacts of marine renewable energy. Currently she is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography at Bournemouth University (UK) and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.Contributors:Thorne Abbott, Coastal Planners, Coastal Resource Planner, Hawaii, USA, Thorne Abbott is currently a consultant specialised in assisting oceanfront landowners in addressing erosion crisis and shoreline change in Hawaii. He has over 20 years of experience in natural resources management in the public and private sectors in continental USA and in the territories in the Pacific Ocean. Phil Dyke, The National Trust, Coast and Marine National Specialist, UK, Phil Dyke has 30 years of experience working for the National Trust on coastal and marine issues. In his current position since 2007, he supports the National Trust in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to implement sustainable coastal and marine management approaches. In addition to his role at the National Trust, Phil teaches coastal and marine management and he is the Chair of the EUROPARC Atlantic Isles Coast and Marine Working Group, which seeks to promote integrated management approaches in protected areas. Tony Flux, The National Trust, South West Region Coast and Marine Adviser, UK, Tony Flux has extensive experience in issues concerning coastal management in South West England. As a Coastal Adviser for the National Trust since 2007, he supports projects along the Dorset and East Devon coasts. Previously, Tony worked for the Dorset Coast Forum and the Dorset Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty team. Jan P. M. Mulder, Deltares and University of Twente, Assistant Professor, Netherlands, Jan Mulder has over 25 years of experience in researching topics related to coastal morphology and management. He has worked at TNO, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment (Rijkswaterstaat) and, since 2008, at Deltares. Jan is also part-time assistant professor at Twente University. His expertise includes translation of research into policy and the integration of field observations and empirical and numerical modelling concerning physical and ecological disciplines. Nigel Pontee, CH2M HILL, Global Technology Leader Coastal Planning & Engineering, UK, Nigel Pontee has 20 years of experience in consultancy work concerning coastal geomorphology and management, during which he has contributed to over 190 estuary projects, including the appraisal of over 150 habitat restoration sites and the design of managed realignment schemes in the UK. He has authored over 200 consultancy reports and over 75 publications on coastal and estuarine shoreline management aspects, including managed realignment and habitat creation design. Joost Stronkhorst, Deltares, Senior Coastal Policy Advisor, Netherlands, Joost Stronkhorst has more than 30 years of experience in the development of water and sediment management in the Netherlands and multidisciplinary coastal research. He has worked for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment (Rijkswaterstaat) where he was involved in the Delta works and marine pollution control. Karen Thomas, The Environment Agency, Senior Coastal Advisor (Eastern Area), UK Thomas is a technical expert in flood risk management with 20 years of experience in management of coastal issues at the national and local levels. Karen has led the Essex and South Suffolk Shoreline Management Plan and works on managed realignment projects since joining the Environment Agency in 1999. She works with communities and stakeholders to encourage greater interest in managing the coast in a more sustainable manner.


"This book is about potential solutions to the global problem of people loving the shore to death. ... organization of the book is clear and presented in a logical and easy-to-follow manner. There are color illustrations and tables and graphs that help present points of interest. ... recommend this book as a critical primer for those who wish to know more about the risks of living too close to the shore and who wish to reduce risk by proper management." (Charles W. Finkl, Journal of Coastal Research, Vol. 31 (3), May, 2015)

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