A nourishment performance index for beach erosion/accretion at Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi

Waleed Hamza, Giuseppe Roberto Tomasicchio, Francesco Ligorio, Letizia Lusito, Antonio Francone

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The present paper proposes a methodology to optimise the design of a beach protection intervention at Saadiyat Island, of the Abu Dhabi city in the United Arab Emirates. In particular, a nourishment performance index (NPI) has been introduced to select among different design alternatives of a coastal engineering intervention related to the ongoing development of the island. The NPI is based on general factors such as the initial volume of sand necessary for the nourishment, the beach surface loss after the intervention and the closure depth. The proposed index, properly integrated with a numerical simulation of the beach morphodynamics, is shown to be promising in the evaluation of the feasibility for the planned coastal defence interventions. The adoption of different design scenarios has showed that the NPI value depends mainly on the built nourishment shoreline.

Original languageEnglish
Article number173
JournalJournal of Marine Science and Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Beach morphology
  • Beach nourishment performance
  • General Shoreline beach model
  • Saadiyat Island
  • Sustainable development
  • United Arab Emirates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering


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