Cijin Coast has suffered from severe beach erosion and a consequent coastline retreat. To analyze the trend of topographic evolution of Cijin Coast, bathymetric data from field investigation were used and both numerical simulation and physical modeling were implemented in the wave basin to obtain the corresponding parameters that replicate similar phenomena. To protect Cijin Coast, composite coastal protection methods, such as submerged detached breakwaters accompanied with artificial nourishments, were proposed. Parameters used in previous studies were employed to test the proposed protection methods, and the results showed that the methods were effective in preventing the consequent retreat of the coastline. Thus, field construction of the proposed methods was initiated and completed in August 2013. Recent aerial photographs showed that the beach erosion was eliminated, proving the validity of the composite methods.

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