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Impact of an extreme event on the sediment budget: Hurricane Andrew in the Louisiana barrier islands

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B.L Edge

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Abstract

This paper examines the influence of Hurricane Andrew on the sediment budget of an 80-kilometer section of the Louisiana barrier islands west of the modern Mississippi delta. Because long-term bathymetric change has been extensively studied in this area, excellent baseline data are available for evaluating the impact of Hurricane Andrew. Results show that despite the high intensity of the storm and a storm track optimally positioned to impact the study area, the storm did not have an overwhelming influence on the sediment budget when compared to the changes occurring over the previous 50 years. For the Louisiana barrier islands, a 50-year record appears to be adequate for averaging the long-term contributions of both major and minor storm events to the sediment budget.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Impact of an extreme event on the sediment budget: Hurricane Andrew in the Louisiana barrier islands
Volume
3
Year Published:
1997
Language:
English
Publisher:
ASCE
Publisher location:
New York, NY, United States
First page:
2756
Last page:
2769
Number of Pages:
14
Conference Title:
Proceedings of the 1996 25th International Conference on Coastal Engineering. Part 1 (of 4)
Conference Location:
Orlando, FL, USA
Conference Date:
2 September 1996 through 6 September 1996