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Indications of a positive feedback between coastal development and beach nourishment

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

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 November 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 November 2016
Published date: 21 December 2016
Organisations: Earth Surface Dynamics

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Local EPrints ID: 405324
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/405324
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Last modified: 09 Jan 2018 17:34

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