Coastal erosion

What is coastal erosion and when is it a problem?
What can be done?
Key concepts
Indicators and monitoring
Potential interventions
Setback lines
Use of models
EU policies and Directives
The way forward
How to do it?
Systematic approach
Decision loop
Relevant Web links


5. Does / did it work out ?
Make your objectives
Specific: Objectives should specify what they want to achieve.
Measurable: You should be able to measure the extend of the problem and whether you are meeting the objectives or not
Time – When do you want to achieve the set objectives?

After intervention measures have been applied, periodic evaluations may provide essential information for future improvements.

  1. Have objectives been achieved ?

1. Have objectives been achieved ?

To be able to conclude objectively, whether an erosion problem has been tackled succesfully, it is essential that the outcome of the previous four steps of the decision loop [ Step 1 - specification of the problem and of the objectives at a strategic and tactical level; Step 2 - quantification of problem and objectives at an operational level; Step 3 - definition of a benchmarking procedure; Step 4 - decision on an intervention measure ] have been documented. And of course, a monitoring program needs to be in place.

Periodic evaluations may reveal shortcomings in the existing approach and contribute to improvements. The policy development at the pilot site Holland shows examples. As recommended by EUROSION, accountable coastal erosion management implies the duty to report publicly on all these aspects, based on a programme to monitor developments and effectiveness of measures.



A specific targeted research project under the
EU’s 6th Framework Programme for Research (FP6)