Structural erosion

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Definition of Structural coastal erosion, also called 'ongoing coastal erosion':
Structural erosion is long-term erosion of a stretch of coast. Gradual losses of sediment with time occur in separate cross-sectional profiles.
This is the common definition for Structural coastal erosion, also called 'ongoing coastal erosion', other definitions can be discussed in the article

Structural coastal erosion should be distinguished from temporal coastal erosion, such as dune erosion. For an explanation of different types of coastal erosion, see Natural causes of coastal erosion and Types and background of coastal erosion.

The article Human causes of coastal erosion provides an overview of the different impacts of hard structures on the structural erosion of a stretch of coast.

The article Typical examples of structural erosion gives an explanation of three man-induced structural erosion problems: 1) building a new port, 2) stabilization of river mouth/tidal inlet and 3) changes in river characteristics. More information on man-induced coastal erosion can also be found in:


The main author of this article is Jan van de Graaff
Please note that others may also have edited the contents of this article.

Citation: Jan van de Graaff (2018): Structural erosion. Available from http://www.coastalwiki.org/wiki/Structural_erosion [accessed on 21-06-2018]