K K IDREES BABU
Articles written in Journal of Earth System Science
Volume 130 All articles Published: 13 August 2021 Article ID 0165 Comments
Erosion along Kavaratti Island has intensified in recent times due to infrastructure development and natural phenomenon. Numerical models were used to identify suitable foreshore protection structures, considering the near-shore coastal processes. For this purpose, shoreline change around the island was obtained from field surveys and results of the DSAS model. Subsequently, model simulations were conducted for the most appropriate use of structural protection measure to understand the change in hydrodynamics and sediment transport, which would ultimately result in stabilization of the Kavaratti Island coast. Based on the prevailing conditions, suitable site-specific coastal protection structures (e.g., groynes, revetment, breakwater, submerged geo-tubes structures and submerged breakwater) were assessed to determine the most feasible and suitable shore protection measure and observed the following: (a) Revetment and submerged geo-tube structure to be the most effective protection measures on the eastern part of the Kavaratti Island, (b) significant decrease in current speed from 0.48 to 0.05 m/s, and (c) significant decrease in wave height (from 2.5 to 0.3 m) and wave energy reduction about 50% from the prevailing conditions were observed. With this intervention, the existing shoreline of the island would at least be maintained, possibly preventing any further loss of land.
$\bullet$ Net erosion rate is − 1.2 m/yr and it shows − 1.36 m/yr in the lagoon side and − 2.35 m/yr in the eastern side.
$\bullet$ Erosion hotspots are identified along the east and west coast. Highest erosion rate of − 4.23 m/yr was estimated in the eastern side of the island and on the southwest side of the chicken neck area (− 2.94 m/yr).
$\bullet$ Assessment for shoreline change predictions was carried out using Gencade model during 2018–2028.
$\bullet$ Revetment and submerged geo-tube breakwater are to be the most effective and feasible foreshore protection structure.
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