Hurricanes, sea level rise, and coastal change

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Edited by: Ping WangJulie D. Rosati, and Tiffany M. Roberts

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Abstract

Sixteen hurricanes have made landfall along the U.S. east and Gulf coasts over the past decade. For most of these storms, the USGS with our partners in NASA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have flown before and after lidar missions to detect changes in beaches and dunes. The most dramatic changes occurred when the coasts were completely submerged in an inundation regime. Where this occurred locally, a new breach was cut, like during Hurricane Isabel in North Carolina. Where surge inundated an entire island, the sand was stripped off leaving marshy outcrops behind, like during Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. Sea level rise together with sand starvation and repeated hurricane impacts could increase the probabilities of inundation and degrade coasts more than sea level rise alone.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Hurricanes, sea level rise, and coastal change
DOI 10.1142/9789814355537_0002
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher World Scientific
Contributing office(s) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 14 p.
Larger Work Type Conference Paper
Larger Work Title Coastal Sediments 2011
First page 15
Last page 28
Conference Title Coastal Sediments 2011
Conference Location Miami, Florida
Conference Date May 2-6 2011
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N