As with most shorelines around the world, New Jersey beaches are slowly, but inexorably, being eroded, threatening coastal structures and development. In some years more sand is deposited than removed, but all of the state's monitoring devices show that sea level is gradually rising and pushing the New Jersey shoreline inland. The shore is a valuable resource, and its natural, cultural, and economic attractions draw a multitude of permanent and temporary residents each year, extending housing and commercial development onto areas that were once swampland. Not surprisingly, development at the water's edge has been accompanied by an increasing exposure to the natural hazards of the coastal zone - erosion, flooding, and wind damage. In this book, Norbert P. Psuty and Douglas D. Ofiara incorporate perspectives from the areas of coastal sciences, economics, public policy, and land-use planning in creating a systematic plan for coastal management and protection. It has been more than a decade since New Jersey developed the nation's first state shore protection plan, and this volume provides a timely evaluation of its achievements and future challenges. This self-contained book provides all of the relevant theories, models, and examples so the reader will not need to refer to any other literature to gain an understanding of the issues and policies surrounding shore protection. It is the authoritative handbook for practitioners and policy makers in many fields, including coastal science and management and engineering, as well as public policy and economics.
Norbert P. Psuty is the chair of the department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. Douglas D. Ofiara teaches public policy and management at the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and is a visiting scholar with the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. He and others together with Psuty worked on the Coastal Hazard Management Project to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, out of which this book was developed.