Study examines coastal erosion, drawbacks of standard setback requirements

Courtesy Ryan McClymont/U.S. Geological Survey Hawaii County planner Bethany Morrison walks along the Ka'u coast during a University of Hawaii at Hilo research project that looked at coastal erosion on the Big Island, the results of which are helping shape county planning policies.

Courtesy photo Hurricane Lane, which dropped record amounts of rain on the Big Island in 2018, led to mudslides and other impacts along the Hamakua coast.

Courtesy photo A drone photograph of cliff erosion was taken during a research project looking at Big Island coastal erosion.

Research on the Big Island’s coastal erosion, led by a University of Hawaii at Hilo graduate student, is being used to shape county planning policies.