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1 October 2014 Coastal Erosion at Pau Amarelo Beach, Northeast of Brazil
Karoline A. Martins, Pedro S. Pereira
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Martins, K.A. and Pereira, P.S., 2014. Coastal erosion at Pau Amarelo Beach, northeast of Brazil.

This article concerns the erosion at Pau Amarelo Beach in Pernambuco, Brazil. The maintenance of this beach is important for tourists and the community and is significant for the local economy. Pau Amarelo is a highly urbanized area with poor coastal plain. The coast is characterized by the presence of lined reefs running along the shore. In order to understand the causes of the erosion at this site, coastline variation, the displacement of urban areas and wave characteristics were analyzed. It is believed that both the human incursions on the backshore and the intensification of longshore currents in some parts of the coast, caused by wave diffraction at the reefs, contribute to the beach erosion. The breakwaters built south of Pau Amarelo are also believed to decrease sediment transport by blocking the drift current. Beach nourishment is suggested as the most suitable solution to the erosion at Pau Amarelo.

© 2014 Coastal Education and Research Foundation
Karoline A. Martins and Pedro S. Pereira "Coastal Erosion at Pau Amarelo Beach, Northeast of Brazil," Journal of Coastal Research 71(sp1), 17-23, (1 October 2014).
Received: 12 February 2014; Accepted: 3 July 2014; Published: 1 October 2014
anthropic effects
beach erosion
coastal hydrodynamic
longshore currents.
numerical wave modeling
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