Study examines coastal erosion, drawbacks of standard setback requirements
By STEPHANIE SALMONS Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Monday, February 24, 2020, 12:05 a.m.
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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.
Hurricane Lane, which dropped record amounts of rain on the Big Island in 2018, led to mudslides and other impacts along the Hamakua coast.
A drone photograph of cliff erosion was taken during a research project looking at Big Island coastal erosion.
Research on the Big Islands coastal erosion, led by a University of Hawaii at Hilo graduate student, is being used to shape county planning policies.