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Coastal erosion - SS2 Geography Lesson Note

Coastal erosion is the process by which waves, currents, and other natural forces remove sediment and land from the coastline. This can lead to the loss of beaches, cliffs, and even entire coastal communities. Coastal erosion is a global phenomenon, affecting coastlines all over the world. Some areas are more susceptible than others due to various factors such as geology, climate, and human activities. Vulnerable regions include parts of the United States (e.g., Gulf Coast, Florida), the United Kingdom, Southeast Asia, and many low-lying island nations.



  1. Wave Action: The energy from ocean waves can erode the coastline over time, especially during storms.
  2. Sea-Level Rise: As global sea levels rise due to climate change, the water reaches further inland, increasing erosion.
  3. Human Activities: Construction, coastal development, and activities like sand mining can disrupt natural coastal processes, exacerbating erosion.
  4. Climate Change: Changes in weather patterns, including more intense storms and altered rainfall, can impact erosion rates.



  1. Loss of Land: Coastal erosion can result in the loss of valuable land and property.
  2. Habitat Destruction: It can disrupt coastal ecosystems and threaten wildlife.
  3. Economic Impact: Coastal erosion can damage infrastructure, affecting local economies.
  4. Increased Flooding: Erosion can leave areas more vulnerable to storm surges and flooding.



  1. Beach Nourishment: Adding sand or sediment to beaches to restore and widen them.
  2. Hard Structures: Building seawalls, groins, and breakwaters to protect against erosion.
  3. Managed Retreat: Relocating structures away from eroding coastlines.
  4. Vegetation Planting: Planting native vegetation to stabilize shorelines.
  5. Regulation and Planning: Enforcing coastal development regulations and zoning to limit construction in vulnerable areas.

Climate Change Mitigation: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to slow sea-level rise.

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