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A Nourishment Performance Index for Beach Erosion/Accretion at Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi

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Biology Department, College of Science, United Arab Emirates University, 15551 Al Ain, UAE
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Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Ecotekne, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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Department of Civil Engineering, University of Calabria, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende (CS), Italy
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7(6), 173; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse7060173
Received: 20 April 2019 / Revised: 15 May 2019 / Accepted: 29 May 2019 / Published: 1 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modelling of Harbour and Coastal Structures)
The present paper proposes a methodology to optimise the design of a beach protection intervention at Saadiyat Island, of the Abu Dhabi city in the United Arab Emirates. In particular, a nourishment performance index (NPI) has been introduced to select among different design alternatives of a coastal engineering intervention related to the ongoing development of the island. The NPI is based on general factors such as the initial volume of sand necessary for the nourishment, the beach surface loss after the intervention and the closure depth. The proposed index, properly integrated with a numerical simulation of the beach morphodynamics, is shown to be promising in the evaluation of the feasibility for the planned coastal defence interventions. The adoption of different design scenarios has showed that the NPI value depends mainly on the built nourishment shoreline. View Full-Text
Keywords: beach morphology; beach nourishment performance; sustainable development; General Shoreline beach model; United Arab Emirates; Saadiyat Island beach morphology; beach nourishment performance; sustainable development; General Shoreline beach model; United Arab Emirates; Saadiyat Island
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Hamza, W.; Tomasicchio, G.R.; Ligorio, F.; Lusito, L.; Francone, A. A Nourishment Performance Index for Beach Erosion/Accretion at Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7, 173.

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