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An holistic approach to beach erosion vulnerability assessment
Alexandrakis, G.; Poulos, S. (2014). An holistic approach to beach erosion vulnerability assessment. NPG Scientific Reports 4(6078): 8. http://hdl.handle.net/10.1038/srep06078
In: Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group). Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 2045-2322, more
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Keywords
    Beach erosion; Marine

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  • Alexandrakis, G.
  • Poulos, S.

Abstract
    Erosion is a major threat for coasts worldwide, beaches in particular, which constitute one of the most valuable coastal landforms. Vulnerability assessments related to beach erosion may contribute to planning measures to counteract erosion by identifying, quantifying and ranking vulnerability. Herein, we present a new index, the Beach Vulnerability Index (BVI), which combines simplicity in calculations, easily obtainable data and low processing capacity. This approach provides results not only for different beaches, but also for different sectors of the same beach and enables the identification of the relative significance of the processes involved. It functions through the numerical approximation of indicators that correspond to the mechanisms related to the processes that control beach evolution, such as sediment availability, wave climate, beach morhodynamics and sea level change. The BVI is also intended to be used as a managerial tool for beach sustainability, including resilience to climate change impact on beach erosion.

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