Tag: wave energy

Wave power is the transport of energy by ocean surface waves, and the capture of that energy to do useful work – for example, electricity generation, water desalination, or the pumping of water (into reservoirs). A machine able to exploit wave power is generally known as a wave energy converter (WEC).

Reader Profile: William Young

Reader Profile: William Young

“A cloak of loose, soft material, held to the earth’s hard surface by gravity, is all that lies between life and lifelessness” is a Wallace H. Fuller statement from his book Soils of the Desert Southwest with which William Young, RLA, PWS, ends his email signature. Young, a wetland scientist,

Making Use of Mollusks

Making Use of Mollusks

Raw, deep fried, served in a stew, or baked up as Oysters Rockefeller—in one form or another, Americans consume about 10 million pounds of oysters a year. But it turns out they’re good for something more than just eating. In South Carolina, a project is underway to add hundreds of

Beachfront Reinforcement

Beachfront Reinforcement

The science and the industry of protecting eroding coastlines generate tremendous controversy. Some innovative erosion control methods, and a new spirit of cooperation among local beach protection projects and the Army Corps of Engineers, may be calming the waters.

Formidable Retaining Wall Blocks Replace Withered Sea Walls

Formidable Retaining Wall Blocks Replace Withered Sea Walls

In Part 2 of a 4-part series on retaining wall designs, author Carol Brzozowski illustrates two examples where encroaching wave erosion threatens two families’ cherished shoreline residences. In each, Brzozowski describes how site-specific projects can incorporate the effectiveness of large retaining wall blocks as they are linked naturally into shoreline-shaped

Formidable Retaining Wall Blocks Replace Withered Sea Walls

Formidable Retaining Wall Blocks Replace Withered Sea Walls

In Part Two of a four-part series on retaining wall designs, author Carol Brzozowski illustrates two examples where encroaching wave erosion threatens two families’ cherished shoreline residences. In each, Brzozowski describes how site-specific projects can incorporate the effectiveness of large retaining wall blocks as they are linked naturally into shoreline-shaped

A Gamut of Retaining Walls

A Gamut of Retaining Walls

These days, retaining walls are not only doing the job of keeping water and soil at bay and shoring up slopes and hillsides, but also are providing aesthetic value while doing so. Erosion control specialists throughout North America are choosing walls that serve multiple purposes and can be installed quickly.

A Gamut of Retaining Walls

A Gamut of Retaining Walls

These days, retaining walls are not only doing the job of keeping water and soil at bay and shoring up slopes and hillsides, but also are providing aesthetic value while doing so. Erosion control specialists throughout North America are choosing walls that serve multiple purposes and can be installed quickly.

Not the End of the Line

Not the End of the Line

Life along the shoreline is going to change. Scientists predict sea levels could rise by 3 feet or more in the short time span of the next 50 to 100 years. Of course, to some extent you’ll have choices if you’re part of human society living on the coasts-we can

Of Money, Sand, and Permits

Of Money, Sand, and Permits

When Jim Trifilio is asked to share the story of Okaloosa County’s effort to restore two pristine beaches along Florida’s northern Gulf Coast, he pauses and takes a short breath. “How much time do you have?” he asks with an uneasy laugh. “It’s a long and harrowing story. I’m not

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