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The methodology for project implementation is detailed below: 

  1. A customized manual was prepared for each island describing the routines for use of the ‘Beach Profile Analysis’ programme. 

  2. The existing beach change databases, previously analysed using a customized Lotus 123 spreadsheet programme, were converted to the ‘Beach Profile Analysis’ programme format. 

  3. Quality control of the beach change databases was undertaken. 

  4. Trend graphs were prepared showing changes in profile area and width over time at all the beach profile sites. 

  5. Beach change databases were compiled for each island, these were computer-based, with paper copies, and consisted of the following: 

(Appendix II shows for a sample site, Morris Bay in Antigua, a data table, composite profile graph and trend graph). 

  1. Two visits were made to each island, for a period of up to five days each, including travel days.  After each island visit, a mission report was prepared and sent to UNESCO-CSI, as well as the UNESCO Port of Spain Office.  These reports described the background to the monitoring programme, the objectives of the visit, the activities undertaken during the visit, and an assessment of the results. Appendix III contains a schedule for the island visits. 

  2. During the first visit, the ‘Beach Profile Analysis’ programme and the updated beach change database were installed on computer at the main partner agency. Paper copies and back-up diskettes were provided. Officers of the main partner agency were trained in the use of the programme and the management of the database, specifically in entering, saving and retrieving the data as well as utilizing other routines such as the preparation of composite profile graphs and trend graphs. In some islands further training was also provided in the field techniques for beach monitoring. 

  3. During the second visit, the use of the software and the database was evaluated, and additional training was provided as necessary. Meetings were held with other agencies, e.g. Physical Planning, and where appropriate, the software and database were installed and training provided in its use. 

  4. Together, with partner agencies, one-day workshops on ‘Wise Coastal Practices for Beach Management’ were held for government and non-governmental organizations and civil society, to highlight the availability of the beach change information base in each island and to discuss issues relating to beach management (see Chapter 5).

3.1  Beach Profile Analysis Programme 

As part of the UPR-SGCP support to the COSALC project and to this present CDB-UNESCO project, a fully-compiled software programme was prepared by Dr. David F. Gray under the UPR-SGCP contract MPRD-11-75-1-98.  This programme, entitled ‘Beach Profile Analysis,’ was written using the Delphi language, and utilizes the Windows (95 or higher) operating system.  It provides for data analysis and the graphical representation of beach change trends and specifically the following: 

The programme has four main routines: data entry, graphical plots of the beach profiles, data tables, and trend graphs.  The profiles and graphs can be easily transferred to word processing documents. 

The programme has fully compiled ‘Help’ files, and in addition there is a written manual, which describes the routines. The software and indeed all the monitoring protocols used in this project has been designed for use by people with very little computing or surveying skills/experience.


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