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Lopez R.,Tecnoceano
Journal of Coastal Research | Year: 2014

Shore erosion is a serious problem that is present in many countries with coastal regions. Mexico is no exception; coasts on the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea suffer from erosion. The pass of seasonal storms and hurricanes and anthropogenic actions on the coasts have played an important role in this matter. These coasts need to be protected to avoid beach retreat and property damage. Knowing how to design suitable coastal protection structures is important to help recover and stabilize a beach. The objective of this study case is to evaluate the performance of a 2008 project designed and built to stabilized and protect 500 m of beach in front of the Grand Velas Hotel Riviera Maya in the state of Quintana Roo. From the observation of what happened on this coast it may be possible to understand erosion protection projects more fully and so, to improve designs in the future. © 2014 Coastal Education and Research Foundation. Source

Oderiz I.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | Mendoza E.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | Leo C.,Huaribe OHL Desarrollos | Silva R.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Coastal Research | Year: 2014

This paper presents an erosion problem found between Punta Bete and Punta Maroma, on the Riviera Maya, Mexico. The case is worth studying as its features are quite complex: ecologically speaking, the area contains part of the Mesoamerican barrier reef, the second largest in the world, an important area of seagrass and large mangrove fields; on the other hand regarding economic aspects, the main activity is tourism, which is of vital importance to the region and nationally. These two opposing interests need to be conciliated in the adoption of a solution to problem of erosion on the coast as both are being degraded at the present. The chronic erosion reported in recent years is due to natural causes, such as the slenderizing of the coral barriers and to anthropogenic causes such as local constructions on the shoreline that interrupt the longitudinal sediment transport. This work describes the characterization of the zone and analyses of marine climate and beach sediment. The hydrodynamics have been numerically modelled with WAPO and COCO models and the morphological response of profiles with the XBeach model. Three possible solutions are proposed and numerically tested, each of which present strengths and weakness. The three alternatives are discussed in order to help decision making as some form of intervention is urgently required. © 2014 Coastal Education and Research Foundation. Source

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