Coastal Erosion Information and Products

Coastal Erosion

Coastal Erosion is a natural occurrence on exposed and sheltered coasts alike. Currents, waves, and sea level changes directly affect erosion on the coast. While we as humans can contribute to the problem, we also can do our part to prevent it and restore our shorelines. See our 7 simple water pollution solutions.

Products to Help with Coastal and Shoreline Erosion Control

Depending on your area, there are several different products that may be able to help with coastal area. Some of the most commonly used products in coastal areas have included the following:


geotextile erosion preventionFor many coastal erosion control applications, the installation of a seawall or barrier may be necessary. To help with stabilization and filtration applications, geotextiles are often placed underneath the wall to help provide a firm area for stabilization. The two main types of geotextiles include: Woven Geotextiles and Nonwoven Geotextiles.

Breakwater Geotextile Tubes

breakwater tubeAnother common choice for coastal erosion control are the breakwater geotextile tubes. These tubes are designed to help stabilize large coastal areas by helping to retain sand and sediment inside the tube. Tan colors are available for a more natural look.

Natural Coir Products

coir logsWe also offer several natural fiber products that can help with erosion control. Typical products include coir logs, erosion control mats, and straw blankets.

Call our GEI Works team at 1-772-646-0597 with any questions you may have.

Erosion Control Information

coastal erosion, coast erosion, shoreline erosionAs we consider erosion control solutions, it becomes difficult to know which one is best. Beach Restoration is simple but expensive and only temporary. It can leave a footprint where the new sand is harvested. Seawalls and jetties create larger waves and disrupts along-coast currents. There are solutions that are more permanent and better for the environment. Coir is natural coconut fiber and protects the soil while plant roots and shoots colonize and stabilize. Coir comes in mat, block, log, and wattle form and provide a semi-permanent and natural solution for erosion.

Geotextiles are permeable and impermeable engineered fabrics that provide a permanent solution for erosion. When used with soil and rock, they can separate two soil types, filter water, and reinforce the ground. To Learn more, visit our woven geo textile and non woven fabric web pages.

Shoreline Erosion Causes

  • Longshore Drift: Sediments are transported along a coast at an angle to the shoreline. This occurs most frequently in the surf zone.
  • Attrition: Waves cause loose pieces of rock debris (scree) to collide causing corrasion or abrasion (like sandpaper).
  • Corrasion: Waves break on the shore or cliff face, which slowly erodes it.
  • Corrosion: The sea's pH levels can directly affect erosion. If the level is below 7.0, erosion is more likely to occur.
  • Hydraulic Action: Wave strike a shore or cliff face and compresses air into the cracks. The air then exerts pressure causing splintering and further cracking.

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