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Vulnerability of National Park Service beaches to inundation during a direct hurricane landfall: Cape Lookout National Seashore

Open-File Report 2007-1376

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Abstract

Cape Lookout National Seashore, a barrier-island coastal park in North Carolina, is vulnerable to the powerful, sand-moving forces of hurricanes. Waves and storm surge associated with these strong tropical storms are part of a natural process in barrier-island evolution and can cause extensive morphologic changes in coastal parks, leading to road closures and reduced visitor accessibility. The vulnerability of park beaches to inundation, and associated extreme coastal change, during a direct hurricane landfall can be assessed by comparing the elevations of storm-induced mean-water levels (storm surge) to the elevations of the crest of the sand dune that defines the beach system. Maps detailing the inundation potential for Category 1-5 hurricanes can be used by park managers to determine the relative vulnerability of various barrier-island parks and to assess which areas of a particular park are more susceptible to inundation and extreme coastal changes.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Vulnerability of National Park Service beaches to inundation during a direct hurricane landfall: Cape Lookout National Seashore
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2007-1376
Year Published:
2007
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Florida Integrated Science Center - St. Petersburg
Description:
8 p.
Number of Pages:
8
Country:
United States
State:
North Carolina
Other Geospatial:
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Online Only (Y/N):
Y