California Regional Assessment: National Shoreline Management Study

The primary cause of erosion is wave energy, and the single most important factor producing erosion and shoreline change is the occurrence of large waves during high tides. These are influenced by such factors as individual storms, episodic El Niños, or the long-term Pacific Decadal Oscillation. At risk from the erosion of beaches, cliffs, and bluffs, as well as marshes and wetlands, are billions of dollars in real estate and commercial properties, roads and railroads, the tourism industry, commercial and recreational fishing, and habitat for fish and wildlife. In the context of rising sea levels, climate change with potentially increased storminess, and the knowledge that widened and protected beaches will continue to require periodic re-nourishment, short- and long-term strategies addressing the political, social, economic, and environmental implications of shoreline management are essential. This report provides an assessment of coastal change in California; the social, economic, and environmental implications of erosion of the California shoreline; and the response to these issues at federal, state, and local levels.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Glossary; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 220p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01687114
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 2018-R-07
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 27 2018 4:36PM