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  Coastal Engineering Design Services

Shore Protection Design
Coastal Structure Impacts
Tidal Wetland Restoration

Shore Protection Feasibility Studies
Wave Force Calculations

Tidal Inlet Dynamics
Sediment Transport Analyses

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Applied Coastal provides a broad range of engineering services needed to support design work in the coastal zone. Services include the baseline scientific work required for project feasibility studies and conceptual design (e.g. the measurement and analyses of processes in coastal and nearshore environments), numerical modeling of wave and hydrodynamic processes, design of shore protection projects, and environmental permitting. Coastal engineering projects are designed relative to natural oceanographic and geologic processes, and project requirements (e.g., beach nourishment, coastal structures, dredging at offshore sand borrow sites) may result in adverse environmental impacts relative to existing conditions. Applied Coastal personnel perform detailed analyses of coastal processes data sets to evaluate potential environmental impacts and propose alternative designs and mitigation strategies to produce sound project solutions. Advanced techniques needed for coastal structure, beach nourishment, channel dredging, inlet structure, or marina/harbor design are employed routinely by Applied Coastal's technical staff. Our interdisciplinary capabilities in all phases of project implementation, from feasibility analyses through post-construction monitoring, ensure well-designed projects at consistently high standards. State-of-science analysis techniques for coastal project evaluation and design include quantifying coastal processes and morphologic change, as well as numerical modeling of waves, sediment transport, estuarine and wetland hydrodynamics/water quality, and storm surge.

Through an in-depth understanding of site-specific coastal processes, Applied Coastal personnel are able to evaluate viable alternatives and design appropriate solutions. Additionally, the technical staff at Applied Coastal provide the credibility necessary to satisfy environmental permitting requirements at the local, State, and Federal levels.

Representative Clients

Bourne Consulting Engineering, Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc., ENSR, Town of Plymouth, Weston & Sampson Engineering, Town of Falmouth, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Shiner Moseley and Associates, Bourne Consulting Engineering, Inc., Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, MCZM, Three Bays Preservation, Inc., Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, CDM, Falmouth Conservation Commission, Town of Chatham

Coastal Change


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Transport Modeling


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