What is it about?

This study investigates the impact of port development on the northern Yucatan Peninsula coastline. It focuses on the erosion caused by port infrastructure construction, specifically the jetties that disrupt littoral transport. The research utilizes satellite imagery, UAV flights, and beach surveys to assess ports' seasonal and long-term effects on the coastline. The findings emphasize the need for sand bypassing and port redesign to mitigate beach erosion and reduce maintenance costs. By understanding the specific impacts of port development, this study provides valuable insights for coastal management and decision-making processes, enabling stakeholders to implement effective measures to preserve coastal ecosystems, protect against erosion, and ensure sustainable development along the coastline.

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Why is it important?

The study sheds light on the environmental consequences of port development on coastal areas. Understanding the impacts of ports on shoreline erosion is crucial for coastal management and sustainable development. The findings provide valuable insights for policymakers, coastal engineers, and stakeholders involved in port infrastructure planning, emphasizing the importance of considering the long-term coastal dynamics and implementing measures to minimize erosion and maintain beach stability.


The significance of this research is in addressing the environmental challenges posed by port development. It is alarming to see the accelerated erosion rates and shoreline changes caused by jetties and urbanization. The study underscores the importance of sustainable coastal management practices, including sand bypassing and thoughtful port design, to mitigate the adverse effects on the coastline. By implementing these measures, we can protect our valuable coastal ecosystems, preserve recreational beaches, and ensure the long-term resilience of coastal communities. It is essential for policymakers and stakeholders to consider this study's findings and prioritize environmentally responsible port development practices to safeguard the Yucatan Peninsula's coastline for future generations.

Christian Appendini
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

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This page is a summary of: Impact of port development on the northern Yucatan Peninsula coastline, Regional Studies in Marine Science, June 2021, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.rsma.2021.101835.
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