Best Reference Books – Coastal Engineering

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Coastal Engineering subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Coastal Engineering along with reviews.

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1. “Coastal Engineering: Processes, Theory and Design Practice” by Dominic Reeve and Andrew Chadwick

“Coastal Engineering: Processes, Theory and Design Practice” Book Review: A must-have book for coastal engineering and management students who are looking out for conceptual and detailed designing advanced by new industry publications. This second edition has models and examples of practice which are contemporary. A meticulous description of tsunamis and generated energy from waves focuses both on the great dangers and great opportunities that the ocean bestows to the coastal zone. The book prominently covers concepts on practice and detailed modelling, along with intricate foundation to all aspects of coastal processes, morphology, and design of coastal defences. It describes numerous case studies to exemplify the successful implementation of mathematical modelling in real-time.

2. “Basic Coastal Engineering” by Robert M Sorensen

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“Basic Coastal Engineering” Book Review: The recent edition has improved a lot making several improvements and required additions. It is a preliminary text on wave mechanics and coastal processes along with fundamentals that underline the practice of coastal engineering. This book is developed for postgraduate courses in coastal engineering. It is also helpful for self study by anyone pursuing a basic engineering or physical science background. The material p- sented in this book is based on the author’s lecture notes presented at various universities such as Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Texas A&M University, George Washington University, and Lehigh University. Concepts are illustrated in a lucid manner with ample amounts of suitable examples which exhibit various analysis techniques along with a large amount of practice problems at the end of each chapter. This helps the learners through the exam as well as assist in getting a clear idea of each and every topic as the book has dedicated chapters for each subtopic such as coastal environment, two dimensional characteristics of surface waves with a collection of real world problems to solve.

3. “Geosynthetics and Geosystems in Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering” by Krystian Pilarczyk

“Geosynthetics and Geosystems in Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering” Book Review: An overview is given on application and performance of some existing novel systems and reference is made to the actual design criteria of geosynthetics and geosystems in hydraulic and coastal engineering. Additional information can be found on material specifications, structural components, relevant tools during conceptual and detail design, possible applications, and execution aspects. A more detailed description is mentioned of recent or lesser-known systems and applications such as geomattress, geotubes, geocontainers, geocurtains. Additional primitive information is also given on design methodology and geosynthetics including a basic framework of information for design purposes.

4. “Computational Modelling in Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering” by Panagiotis D Scarlatos and Christopher Koutitas

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“Computational Modelling in Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering” Book Review: This book has been developed for senior-level undergraduates and graduate students as well as for practitioners such as coastal and maritime engineers, environmental engineers, computer modellers, and hydro-geologists.In hydraulic and coastal engineering, there is a wide range of application of computational modelling and simulation methods In this book we find the perfect buildup of topics, which covers the primitive as well as advance methods. Topics such as applications in reservoir management, closed-conduit hydraulics, free-surface channel and coastal domain flows, surface gravity waves, groundwater movement, and pollutant and sediment transport processes are given more weightage. The book tries to give more application based lessons rather than just delivering lengthy texts and derivations of complex formulas, using ample amounts of solved examples on one- and two-dimensional applications including saltwater intrusion and transport of pollutants, sediment and air bubbles using Eulerian and Lagrangian solution methodologies. Programming MATLAB code which is written in a facile manner is also incorporated. PowerPoint presentations, learning assignment projects/quizzes, along with learning assessment prescripts are also included. The book covers elementary topics such as fundamentals of flow in pressurized conduits, solutions for the classical Hardy Cross pipe network problem, mathematical description of groundwater flow in confined and unconfined aquifers. It also includes information on weighted residuals, the finite elements method, and the boundary integral method.

5. “Manual on the Use of Timber in Coastal and River Engineering (HR Wallingford Titles)” by Matt Crossman and Jonathan Simm

“Manual on the Use of Timber in Coastal and River Engineering” Book Review: An informative textbook developed to provide counsel on major issues around the usage of timber in coastal and river engineering. Timber is used on a large scale over the years for the construction of a wide range of coastal and river structures including: groynes, jetties, lock gates, navigation aids and riverbank protection. The book focuses on this construction material as it is renewable, easy to use and has a great strength-weight ratio. The book targets graduates pursuing engineering in the field of coastal and river domain. It is also beneficial for professionals working in this field.

6. “Application of Soft Computing Techniques in Coastal Engineering” by Mandal Sukomal and Rao Subba

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“Application of Soft Computing Techniques in Coastal Engineering” Book Review: This book focuses on improving the coastal engineering mechanism by embracing the modern technology of soft computing which is used as a powerful tool for modeling and predictions in coastal/ocean engineering problems. Soft computing tools and their hybridized models were developed to improve the damage level predictions of non-reshaped berm breakwater which are alternative to the traditional mathematical modeling and physical modeling which are difficult, complex, costly and time consuming. An attempt has been made to present various civil engineering research problems using soft computing techniques such as analytic hierarchy process (AHP), fuzzy logic, artificial neural network (ANN), genetic algorithm (GA) and linear programming (LP), etc. Book concentrates on analysing the significant input parameters for building sustainable models for predicting damage level of non-reshaped berm breakwater. This book is an attempt to put together knowledge and experience of soft computing techniques in civil engineering. The principal concern of the book is to show how soft computing techniques can be applied to solve problems in research and practice.

7. “Perspectives on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (Environmental Science and Engineering)” by Wim Salomons and R Kerry Turner

“Perspectives on Integrated Coastal Zone Management” Book Review: People working in the field of ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management), scientists and the decision makers of this domain will find the book extremely beneficial. The kind of approach portrayed in the book enables this work to be used as a convention for scientists working worldwide in related areas or facing similar obstacles. The book addresses coastal zone management in an integrative way, with particular focus on water resources. It aims to provide coastal authorities with the knowledge and tools for an integrated management approach. Basic principles underpinning a more integrated approach to coastal management are also discussed along with the obstacles that may be encountered in models practical implementation. The primary goal of the book is to work towards a social and environmental sustainable system management.

8. “Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters: Adapting to Change” by William Allsop

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“Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters: Adapting to Change” Book Review: An overview of analysing, designing and constructing breakwaters and other types of coastal structures, including interaction between coastlines and structures is stated in this book. It proves to be helpful for not only students of ocean engineering but also for professionals who are constantly making decisions related to coastal development and management. Main topics in this book include : Breakwaters, seawalls and jetties: design and performance analysis, construction, refurbishment and rehabilitation, Dredging and use of dredged materials, Nearshore marine energy systems, Coastal erosion, flooding and management, Coastal data and measurement, Developments in research, analysis and guidance. The book also has holistic approaches to the use of coastal structures, with strong emphasis on the wider influences on design, construction and use. It includes the use of nearshore structures to extract wave or tidal stream power, as well as structures to protect coastlines or harbours.

9. “Offshore and Coastal Modelling (Coastal and Estuarine Studies)” by Phil Dyke and A O Moscardini

“Offshore and Coastal Modelling (Coastal and Estuarine Studies)” Book Review: This book is a collection of the research papers that were presented at the 7th POLYMODEL conference, held at Sunderland Polytechnic in the United Kingdom in May 1984. The book consists of a total 18 chapters which are further subdivided into 5 major parts. Part 1 consists of preliminary chapters stating a basic introduction to coastal modelling. Second part details on tides, Storm Surges and Coastal Circulations which deals with the hydrodynamics of coastal seas. Further Coastal Engine­ering Modelling and coastal phenomena such as beach erosion, sediment transport, and nonlinear waves are discussed in 3rd part while fourth part deals with offshore structures considering sea structures in general and the connections between the structures (hoses, moorings, pipelines) in particular. Lastly, the book is concluded with discussion about offshore corrosion problems.

10. “Coastal Engineering: Sedimentation, Estuaries, Tides, Effluents and Modelling v. 2 (Developments in Geotechnical Engineering” by Richard Silvester
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