Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Comment [on “Sea level rise shown to drive coastal erosion”]



The study of coastal processes is a democratic one. Almost everyone has been to a beach, beach changes are easily recognizable, and the prevailing explanations of these changes seem plausible to the intelligent visitor, whether scientist or not. It is a first article of faith, if not of fact, that sea-level rise causes contemporary beach erosion. It is a second article of faith, if not always of logic, that coastal structures cause contemporary beach erosion.