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Forecasting hurricane impact on coastal topography: Hurricane Ike

EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union

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Abstract

Extreme storms can have a profound impact on coastal topography and thus on ecosystems and human-built structures within coastal regions. For instance, landfalls of several recent major hurricanes have caused significant changes to the U.S. coastline, particularly along the Gulf of Mexico. Some of these hurricanes (e.g., Ivan in 2004, Katrina and Rita in 2005, and Gustav and Ike in 2008) led to shoreline position changes of about 100 meters. Sand dunes, which protect the coast from waves and surge, eroded, losing several meters of elevation in the course of a single storm. Observations during these events raise the question of how storm-related changes affect the future vulnerability of a coast.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Forecasting hurricane impact on coastal topography: Hurricane Ike
Series title:
EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union
Volume
91
Issue:
7
Year Published:
2010
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union
Publisher location:
Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s):
St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description:
8 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union
First page:
65
Last page:
72
Country:
United States