Very informative. Thanks for putting this up.
Appalling to see the state of our beaches! Hope the government does something about this.
This is the case wherever we have harbours. We never consider the long term solutions and we always prefer short term gains. Measures worked out to mitigate such erosion were also not put in place. Example: north side of Chennai. Need to check what will happen to Pulicat (one of the largest estuaries).Will it get more deeper or wider when seawater caves in due to new ports built north of Chennai near Ennore and further. Need to watch.
I just watched "India's Disappearing Beaches," and I wanted to congratulate everyone involved in its production for doing such a great job. I have written about disappearing beaches and man-made obstructions on New York State's Fire Island and the nearby Hamptons, where houses worth millions were destroyed by beach erosion. Your explanation of how groins and jetties interfere with the natural movement of sand is the best I've seen on video. If reason alone were enough to produce good government policy, your video would be all that was needed to protect India's beaches. I will be sharing this video with friends up and down the east coast of the U.S. Good luck with your work in India.
Many thanks for your feedback Richard, we're happy to hear from a kindred soul from across the oceans! I produced the film for PondyCAN and we are thrilled that it is reaching so many people around the world. We just hope that our campaign will reach the right people in government and that better sense will prevail in managing what's left of our magnificent beaches.
Stunning- a wonderful presentation done in easy language understandable by all who are concerned with the future of India's beaches. A beautifully done presentation with striking video footage.
-- Orrin H. Pilkey
James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences
See: The Rising Sea (Island 2009) http://www.islandpress.org/risingsea, Useless Arithmetic (Columbia 2007) http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-13212-1/useless-arithmetic, Atlantic Coast beaches (Mountain 2007) http://isbndb.com/d/book/atlantic_coast_beaches.html, A Celebration of the World’s Barrier Islands (Columbia 2003) http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-11970-2/a-celebration-of-the-worlds-barrier-islands, How to Read a North Carolina Beach (UNC 2004) http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id/=1265, The Corps and the Shore (Island 1996) http://www.islandpress.com/bookstore/details.php?prod_id=508
That is a really great video - the message is so clear. The message is appropriate in many other places too.
University of Ulster
The Last Beach (2014) http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/the-last-beach
Pitfalls of Shoreline Stabilization (2012) http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-94-007-4123-2
Lough Swilly (2011) http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/new-year-folder/lough-swilly/
The World's Beaches (2011) http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520268722
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Super coverage,most attractive information and easy and bold pronunciation. Well done and good appreciation to you.
India's Disappearing Beaches is a must-see for all those who care about the future of this great subcontinent. Our environment and our wild places are being ravaged, often by short-sighted projects and for a quick buck. But thanks to people like Shekar Dattatri and organisations like PondyCAN, the causes, the consequences and the solutions, are no longer unknown. India's destiny, more than ever before, now depends on wise choices and people's actions. Understand the issues and be empowered - every one of us can make a difference!
Very disturbing and it answers my question as had asked some years ago when in Puducherry where the beach had gone???
Thank God the British did not build the Chennai Port further down South of the City...the entire Marina would have disappeared by now! Sadly, we still seem to be reactive rather than proactive to these so called developmental moves like starting newer Ports (while grossly under-utilizing existing ones). I salute your team for the efforts taken.