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PRESENTED BY :Buddhi Prakash

Ashish Shukla


It describes a process by which sediment

(usually sand) lost through erosion is
replaced from sources outside of the eroding
A wider beach can reduce storm damage to
coastal structures.
Nourishment is typically a repetitive process.

It does not remove the physical forces that

cause erosion.
The first nourishment project in the U.S.
was at Coney Island, New York in 1922-23.
It is now a common shore protection
measure utilized .
Nourishment gained popularity because it
preserved beach resources , widens the
beach , and protects the shore from floods .

Why beach
nourishment ?
In general, there are three reasons for beach
1. combatting coastal erosion (chronic
2. preventing flooding (safety)
3. maintaining a wide recreational beach

Requirements for effective

Sediment texture (grain size and sorting)
is critical for success.
Sand fill must be compatible with native
beach sand. In some cases, beaches have
been nourished using a finer sand than the
original . Monitoring reveals that storms
can erode such beaches far more quickly
than the natural beach .
Projects that did not match grain sizes
performed relatively poorly.

How Beach Nourishment works

During a beach nourishment project , a

large volume of beach-quality sand , called
beach fill, are added from outside sources
to restore an eroding beach.
Ultimately, beach nourishment widens a
beach and advances the shoreline
seaward .

Profile Nourishment

Beach Profile
programs that
nourish the full
beach profile.

Magnolia beach
Before Nourishment

After Nourishment

Dune Nourishment
Dune nourishment is particularly effective in protecting
upland development against storm waves.


1. It widens the beach.

2. Structures behind beach are protected as
long as the added sand remains.
3. Most importantly, beach nourishment
reduces the detrimental impacts of coastal
erosion by providing additional sediment
which satisfies erosional forces.


1. Beach nourishment sand may erode .

2. Beach nourishment is expensive, and
must be repeated periodically.
3. The beach turns into a construction zone
during nourishment.

Alternatives to nourishment

Structural approach is one alternative to

Examples :- groins, seawalls, revetments
and breakwaters sand bags, geo-tubes,
planting vegetation.

Sand Bags



References :-
Beach Stabilization Structure & Beach
nourishment alternatives .(Paper presented
by Steven Hafner )
Beach and Dune Restoration by Karl
Nordstrom. (Book)