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1 July 2007 Human Impact on Coastal Erosion in Taiwan
Tai-Wen Hsu, Tsung-Yi Lin, I-Fan Tseng
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Coastal erosion is an islandwide problem in Taiwan. On the basis of the result of the most recent survey, more than 80% of the island's sandy coasts have undergone erosion over the past 3 decades. Naturally and historically with the specific tectonic environment and uplifting rate in Taiwan, sufficient sediments had been yielded and transported to the coastal area, resulting in an advancing shoreline along the trailing edge coast during the last several centuries. However, human interventions have contributed significantly to the erosion in more recent times. In this paper, documented examples are chosen to address how human-induced changes have made profound impacts on the coastal erosion in Taiwan. The information presented will provide a better understanding of the coastal processes, and solutions to the erosion problem for the benefit of others in different parts of the world.

Tai-Wen Hsu, Tsung-Yi Lin, and I-Fan Tseng "Human Impact on Coastal Erosion in Taiwan," Journal of Coastal Research 2007(234), 961-973, (1 July 2007).
Received: 9 September 2004; Accepted: 22 August 2005; Published: 1 July 2007
groin effect
sediment transport
shoreline change
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