Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands

Coastal region and small island papers 19

List of contents

1    Introduction
  Objectives of Sandwatch
  Short history and scope of Sandwatch
  Outline of this publication
2 Getting started
  Get advice from professionals
  Select the beach to monitor
  Define the boundaries of your beach
  Who to involve in Sandwatch
3 Observation and recording
  Activity 3.1 – Observe the beach and make a map
  Activity 3.2 –   How the beach used to look
4 Erosion and accretion
  Activity 4.1 – Measuring erosion and accretion over time
  Activity 4.2 – Determining the effects of man-made structures
on erosion and accretion
  Activity 4.3 – Measuring beach profiles
  New threats to beaches
5 Beach composition
  Activity 5.1 – Finding out where beach material comes from
  Activity 5.2 – Exploring what happens when sand and stones
are removed for construction
  Activity 5.3 – Measuring beach sand – size, shape and sorting
6 Human activities on the beach
  Activity 6.1 – Observing different activities on the beach
  Activity 6.2 – Finding out the views of beach users
7 Beach debris
  Activity 7.1 – Measuring beach debris
  Activity 7.2 – Conducting a beach cleanup
8 Water quality
  Activity 8.1 – Measuring water quality
9 Wave characteristics
  Activity 9.1 – Measuring waves
  Activity 9.2 – Watching out for a tsunami
10  Currents
  Activity 10.1 – Measuring longshore currents
11 Plants and animals
  Activity 11.1 – Observing and recording plants and animals
on the beach
  Activity 11.2 – Understanding the role of coastal vegetation
  Activity 11.3 – Monitoring beaches for nesting turtles
12 Sandwatch as a tool for education for sustainable
  Education for sustainable development
  Community Sandwatch case study from Dominica
  Community Sandwatch case study from St Vincent and the Grenadines
  Final comments
Annex 1 Sandwatch equipment
Annex 2 Method for measuring and analysing beach profiles
Annex 3 Beach cleanup data card
Annex 4 Wider Caribbean Sea Turtles
Subject index
Location index

List of figures

1 Cross-section of a typical beach
2 Sample sketch map
3 Sample topographic map
4 Different perspectives of Crane Beach, Barbados, in the 1970s
5 Determining the high water mark, Savannah Bay, Anguilla, 1996
6 Plan view of a sample beach showing suggested points for measuring
beach width
7 Line graph showing erosion and accretion changes over time
8 Bar graph showing beach width changes over time
9 Mixed graph showing changes in beach width and wave height
10 Changes in a beach profile before and after Tropical Storm Lilli,
Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, 2002
11 Sediment analysis charts for size, sorting and shape
12 Bar graph showing changes in sediment size
13 Pie graph showing users’ views on beach cleanliness
14 Beach cleanup data card
15 Bar graph showing beach debris changes
16 Line graph showing turbidity and rainfall changes over time
17 Characteristics of a wave
18 Wave direction
19 Bar graph showing wave height variations over time
20 Longshore currents
21 Effect of a groyne on longshore transport
22 Mixed graph showing current speed and direction
23 Common plants and animals found between the high and low water
24 Simple food chain
25 Vegetation succession
26  Sea turtle identification


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