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Improved methodology for the design of off shore nourishment schemes.

The traditional engineering response to coastal erosion has been to mitigate and, where possible, prevent erosion by e.g. constructing seawalls, groins and breakwaters. This attitude of counteracting instead of working in concert with natural processes is now referred to as "hard engineering". As monitoring of coastal evolution around structures emerged and the causes behind erosion were begun to be understood, it became clear that adverse environmental effects are often generated in the vicinity as well as further away on adjacent shores. This has led to the present tendency of developing a "soft engineering" approach.

This European collaborative project has focussed on contributing to the improvement and harmonization of present design practices of artificial nourishment schemes in Europe, considered today to be a central technique used in the soft engineering approach

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