Coastal Defences aims to present the broad spectrum of methods that engineers use to protect the coastline and investigates the sorts of issues that can arise as a result. The first section of the book examines 'traditional' hard techniques, such as sea walls and groynes, whilst the second looks at the more recent trend of using techniques more sympathetic to nature. By looking at each of the main methods of coastal protection in detail, the book investigates the rationale for using each method and the consequent management issues, presenting a case for and against each of the techniques.
' … a clear, well written text … its strength lies in its user-friendly design and readability … a very worthwhile compendium on coastal defence engineering options (which) should facilitate sensible, sustainable coastal defence decision-making around the world.' - Environmental Conservation 29:4