|Beach restoration in the southeastern US: environmental effects and biological monitoring|In: Ocean & Coastal Management. Elsevier Science: Barking. ISSN 0964-5691, more
In the coastal region of the southeastern US, beachrestoration has become the method of choice for alleviating threats to property arising from erosion. This method remains somewhat controversial, due to both economic and environmental concerns. Many of the existing studies of biological impacts of beachrestoration have deficiencies of sampling design that make clear interpretation of results difficult. The goal of this paper is to offer guidelines for sampling and analytical methods that will substantially improve the study of beachrestoration impacts. Towards this end, an overview of the biological composition of sandy beaches of the southeastern US, in the context of beachrestoration, is provided first. Then, specific recommendations for the design, execution and analysis of beachrestorationmonitoring programs to receive the maximum return for effort invested are described.