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EUROSION: Case Study: Western Coast of Poland (Poland)

Type of Entry: Case Study

The West Polish Coast is 45km long and includes cliffs and beaches. Natural coastal erosion and location of some towns too close to the sea caused necessity of coast protection by using heavy seawalls. The results are the loss of beach on the front of the Niechorze seawall and narrowing or periodic disappearing of the beach in two other cases (Rewal-Sliwin and Dziwnow), with increasing of coastal erosion in the neighborhood of the protection structures. So far, there are no negative economic results, but they are expected in the future.

ICZM in Poland do not exist and all coastal management is centralized in marine governmental administration. The Maritime Office work out the annual coastal protection plans and prefer to repair the damaged structures and protect residential buildings. However proposed monitoring system caused lot of objections because it does not assure exact diagnose of coastal processes include both spatial and time considerations. Generally there is lack of the remote sensing (air photographs and satellite images) there.

Data bases and the other information are dispersing and there is no information about them (about their kind and localization). There is no information about coastal zone written in simple, understandable language.

Keywords: Beach protection, Tools and techniques for beach management
EUROSION Case Study: Western Coast of Poland (Poland) (785.168 Bytes)
Contact: Kazimierz Furmanczyk
University of Szczecin-Institute of Marine Science
Telephone: +48 91 444 1600 / +48 91 444 1600