Erosion consequences on beach functions along the Maresme coast (NW Mediterranean, Spain)

Ballesteros, Caridad ORCID:, Jiménez, José A., Valdemoro, Herminia I. and Bosom, Eva (2018) Erosion consequences on beach functions along the Maresme coast (NW Mediterranean, Spain). Natural Hazards, 90. pp. 173-195. ISSN 0921-030X

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A methodology to analyse the influence of erosion on beach functions at a regional scale is presented. The method considers erosion hazards at different timescales and assesses consequences by evaluating impacts on recreation and protection functions. To provide useful information to decision makers for managing these functions, hazard and consequences are integrated at the municipal level within a risk matrix. This methodology is applied at the Maresme, a 45-km sandy coast situated northward of Barcelona, which supports a strong urban and infrastructure development as well as an intensive beach recreational use. Obtained results indicate differentiated erosion implications along the region, depending on the management target considered. Thus, southern municipalities are more prone to erosion affecting the protection function of the beach and leisure use by the local population, whereas erosion will have a greater effect on foreign tourism in the northern municipalities. These results highlight the necessity to employ an articulated erosion risk assessment focusing on specific targets depending on the site in question. This methodology can help coastal managers to adopt tailored measures to manage erosion impacts towards specific goals, in a more efficient and sustainable manner.

Item Type: Article
UEA Research Groups: University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2023 11:30
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2023 11:30
DOI: 10.1007/s11069-017-3038-5


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