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.