What types of coastal engineering structures are there, and what are they used for?

The principal coastal engineering structures used in Barbados are seawalls, revetments, groynes, and breakwaters. Each serves a special purpose and each affects the shoreline in a different manner. Seawalls and revetments are used to protect coastal development from sea storm waves and erosion while groynes and breakwaters are used to promote beach accretion (build-up). For further information please see Shoreline and Property Protection Options under CZMU Pamphlets.