David Revell Coauthors Shore & Beach Article “Applicability of Management Guidelines for Surfing Resources in California”
October 13, 2020
Santa Cruz CA coastline at sunset

Coastline of Santa Cruz, California, where Dr. Revell is leading a coastal resilience project to develop an adaptation management plan to balance erosion reduction with recreational enhancements.

Integral’s David Revell, Ph.D., recently coauthored a paper on how to apply lessons learned in New Zealand to better manage and protect surfing resources in California and across the United States.  The paper, “Applicability of management guidelines for surfing resources in California,” was published in the summer 2020 issue of Shore & Beach.  Coauthored with multidisciplinary international colleagues, the paper examines the potential benefits of adapting and expanding management guidelines for surfing resources.

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Surfing is an important economic driver in coastal communities around the world, yet coastal and marine development patterns and adaptation responses often pose risk to or accelerate the degradation of surf breaks—those finite, natural coastal locations where waves break in a manner that is conducive to the sport of surfing.  Innovative work in New Zealand identified management guidelines for mapping key parameters of surf breaks and culminated in a framework to evaluate potential impacts and better manage surf breaks. Other coauthors brought legal, social, and international experiences to help identify a suite of physical processes, legal mechanisms, and potential policy implications to support better management of these surf breaks, which are unique natural marine resources.

Integral’s Coastal Resiliency team led by Dr. Revell considers natural resource protection and enhancement in developing holistic adaptation approaches. The best adaptation strategy must consider the broad context—not focus only on the need to reduce hazards and vulnerabilities. Adaptation and management approaches need to consider the importance of local physical processes interacting with natural resources including surf breaks and affecting the cultural, economic, and community identity. Such an approach considers not only how to improve hazard resiliency, but also how and when adaptation approaches can serve as an economic development tool, promoting tourism and improving protection for our natural and built environment over time.

For more information, contact Dr. Revell at drevell@integral-corp.com.