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Indications of a positive feedback between coastal development and beach nourishment

Armstrong, Scott B., Lazarus, Eli D., Limber, Patrick W., Goldstein, Evan B., Thorpe, Curtis and Ballinger, Rhoda C ORCID: 2016. Indications of a positive feedback between coastal development and beach nourishment. Earth's Future 4 (12) , pp. 626-635. 10.1002/2016EF000425

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Beach nourishment, a method for mitigating coastal storm damage or chronic erosion by deliberately replacing sand on an eroded beach, has been the leading form of coastal protection in the United States for four decades. However, investment in hazard protection can have the unintended consequence of encouraging development in places especially vulnerable to damage. In a comprehensive, parcel-scale analysis of all shorefront single-family homes in the state of Florida, we find that houses in nourishing zones are significantly larger and more numerous than in non-nourishing zones. The predominance of larger homes in nourishing zones suggests a positive feedback between nourishment and development that is compounding coastal risk in zones already characterized by high vulnerability.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: coastal development; beach nourishment; hazard mitigation; coastal vulnerability; moral hazard; Jevons' paradox
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the Creative commons attribution - NonCommercial - Noderivatives license.
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 2328-4277
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 April 2017
Date of Acceptance: 7 November 2016
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 19:23

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