Flood Measures: Physical Infrastructure - Breakwaters


Breakwaters
DESCRIPTION:
Breakwaters are structures constructed in off shore locations to protect shorelines from strong waves by reducing wave energy. These measures can be fixed or floating and constructed of a number of different materials and methods, from sheet piles to rubble mounds.


SHORELINE LOCATION: In Water
DESIGN LIFE

Varies


ADAPTABILITY

Varies

IMPACT ON THE WATERFRONT

Living with Water

CONSTRUCTION COST

TBD


COASTAL FLOOD HAZARDS MITIGATED:
Sea Level Rise
Storm Surge
Groundwater
Waves
Erosion


Types of Breakwaters
Floating Wave Attenuator



Wave Barrier


Artificial Reef




Download the Breakwaters Factsheet.

Learn about other types of measures from our Measures Explorer page.



Breakwaters
DESCRIPTION:
Breakwaters are structures constructed in off shore locations to protect shorelines from strong waves by reducing wave energy. These measures can be fixed or floating and constructed of a number of different materials and methods, from sheet piles to rubble mounds.


SHORELINE LOCATION: In Water
DESIGN LIFE

Varies


ADAPTABILITY

Varies

IMPACT ON THE WATERFRONT

Living with Water

CONSTRUCTION COST

TBD


COASTAL FLOOD HAZARDS MITIGATED:
Sea Level Rise
Storm Surge
Groundwater
Waves
Erosion


Types of Breakwaters
Floating Wave Attenuator



Wave Barrier


Artificial Reef




Download the Breakwaters Factsheet.

Learn about other types of measures from our Measures Explorer page.