Management Brief: Collaborative Research to Advance the Use of Living Shorelines

Management Brief Resource
April 2019
Living Shorelines Infographic


Coastal communities and their shorelines are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A variety of living shoreline techniques have been shown to reduce erosion and stabilize shorelines while protecting habitat. However, these nature-based shoreline approaches are not adopted as widely as they could be. A number of researchers working closely with National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) have been helping address key information needs identified by landowners, regulators, and contractors, including questions about living shoreline placement, design, and long-term performance. This management brief highlights the work of four teams, supported in part by the NERRS Science Collaborative, that have been working on living shoreline issues in New York, South Carolina, eastern Florida, and the Alabama Gulf Coast, demonstrating the impact of the reserves and their partners.

About this document

Representatives from the projects featured in this brief participated in a panel webinar on April 11, 2019 to discuss lessons learned and next steps, opportunities, and needs for living shorelines management and research. This brief is the finalized document incorporating content from the panel discussion. 

This document was prepared by NERRS Science Collaborative staff, with input from Christine Angelini, Stuart Findlay, Jennifer Raulin, Denise Sanger, and Eric Sparks, and their project partners.

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