Provision of a future monitoring plan is one of the tasks for each phase of the MONITOR SB&B project. For any coastal project to succeed it is important to gain a thorough understanding of the area’s ongoing coastal processes. This may be done to some extent through the use of physical or theoretical modeling techniques and desktop studies, but the best results come from sites where regular monitoring surveys have been carried out. Site-specific data of this kind provides real first hand evidence, allowing direct interpretation or the fine-tuning of model studies, through which schemes can be tailored to work within the natural system.
Completion of one-year field measurements and data collection from Naiband to Dayyer area was a major step in understanding coastal processes in the Phase II study area which is undergoing major industrial developments. A coastal monitoring program should be put in place to monitor the impact of the present and future waterfront developments and corresponding changes to the coastal environment and to assist in determining the extent and nature of these changes. The collected data will also help to further improve our understanding of the regional coastal processes.
In the following sections, various elements of a monitoring program are introduced. The proposed program is based on considerations of waves, hydrodynamics and sediment environments of the Phase II study area and has the following components:
• Beach profile and sediment samples
Based on the findings and results obtained during Phase II of the MONITOR SB&B project, a coastal monitoring plan was proposed for the area between Naiband Bay and Dayyer. The proposed program involves measurements of winds, waves; shoreline position, beach profile and sediment grab samples. The proposed monitoring program should be revisited in ten years once the collected data has been reviewed.
Proposed Meteorological Stations in the Persian Gulf
Proposed Wave Buoy Locations