Implementing an efficient beach erosion monitoring system for coastal management in Croatia

Pikelj, Kristina and Ružić, Igor and Ilic, Suzana and James, Michael and Kordić, Branko (2018) Implementing an efficient beach erosion monitoring system for coastal management in Croatia. Ocean and Coastal Management, 156. pp. 223-238. ISSN 0964-5691

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This paper proposes a coastal erosion monitoring system for beach erosion management, which we demonstrate on natural and artificial pocket gravel beaches in Croatia. The approach uses low-cost Structure-from-Motion (SfM) photogrammetric imaging and multi-view stereo (MVS) to produce high-resolution 3D beach models for detecting morphological changes and erosion occurrence. Coastal state indicators, such as the shoreline position and subaerial beach volume, are derived from the 3D models and used to quantify changes between surveys. The method is illustrated through two case studies and, to our knowledge, these are the first repetitive measurements taken on the Croatian eastern Adriatic Coast (CEAC). In case of the natural Brseč beach, beach rotation was found to be a response to natural forcing from waves of various incident directions. For the artificial Dugi Rat beach, which loses sediment every winter and is subsequently re-nourished every spring, monitoring showed that beach nourishment is of limited durability. Both case studies showed that the SfM-MVS technique is suitable for the rapid and frequent acquisition of 3D survey data, from which quantitative coastal indicators can be derived to inform future coastal management interventions. Significantly, this low-cost data acquisition has a great potential for regular beach management survey. The introduction of beach monitoring in Croatia is timely because emerging Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) practices will require data-based approaches. Moreover, rare natural pocket beaches and the ever-increasing number of artificial beaches are extremely vulnerable to natural and man-made changes. Adaptive beach management, based on systematic monitoring data, should be included in the ICZM, and we detail how SfM-MVS-based monitoring can be used at different levels of the ICZM. Implementing robust ICZM monitoring will require broad considerations and consultation with all stakeholders, so we propose that SfM-MVS beach surveys should be initially integrated into the existing monitoring practices for CEAC sea water bathing quality. Extension of the existing database with rapidly-gathered low-cost 3D beach survey data, from a number of targeted beaches, could be used to provide a crucial baseline for the ICZM and strategic coastal monitoring of the CEAC.

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Ocean and Coastal Management
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Ocean and Coastal Management. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Ocean and Coastal Management, 156, 2018 DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.11.019
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