Alaska Sea Grant publishes important new publication on dealing with the impacts of coastal erosion


Contact: Kathy Kurtenbach, Alaska Sea Grant Publications, 907-474-7476,
NR: SG-2006/NR245

Fairbanks, Alaska—Alaska's extensive shoreline always has been subject to erosion from the violent forces of nature. But climate warming and related influences such as global sea level rise have made storms more powerful. The loss of seasonal sea ice that once provided a buffer against the sea also has left the state's shoreline vulnerable to attack. As a result, coastal erosion has increased in scope and damage. Several Alaska coastal communities have lost valuable waterfront homes, schools and other infrastructure. Some techniques, methods and materials used to combat coastal erosion don't seem to work in Alaska.

Alaska Sea Grant supported a January 2006 workshop of coastal engineers, community leaders, scientists and others. The proceedings of this workshop is now available from the Alaska Sea Grant bookstore.

Coastal Erosion Responses for Alaska contains ten articles by coastal engineering experts that address coastal processes and trends that drive shoreline retreat and coastal erosion. Topics include nonstructural coastal zone management, successfully proven constructed responses, and limitations of constructed works. Coastal managers, civil engineers, state and federal emergency planners, concerned residents, and community leaders will find information in the book useful in making wise decisions to cope with coastal erosion in Alaska.