Breakwater Systems

Background
There are three types of breakwater systems. The dimensions of which are dependent on the desired degree of protection and potential impacts on littoral processes.
 yorktown.
Detached Breakwater System

Breakwaters without any constructed connection to the shore. This type of system is appropriate in areas of large sediment transport.

breakwaters
Headland Breakwater System

Also known as attached breakwaters, headland breakwater systems are constructed in areas that are subject to more energetic conditions. They require beach fill to create embayments for long-term shoreline erosion control and can be used to accentuate existing shore features.

breakwaters example
Headland Control Breakwater System

Shoreline management technique whereby existing geomorphic features (i.e. headlands) are enhanced with breakwaters that are strategically placed and spaced wide apart to proctect and create headlands.