Accession Number PB2013-109230
Title National Assessment of Hurricane-Induced Coastal Erosion Hazards: Mid-Atlantic Coast.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 34p
Personal Author D. M. Thompson H. F. Stockdon K. L. Sopkin K. S. Doran N. G. Plant
Abstract Beaches serve as a natural buffer between the ocean and inland communities, ecosystems, and natural resources. However, these dynamic environments move and change in response to winds, waves, and currents. During extreme storms, changes to beaches can be large, and the results are sometimes catastrophic. Lives may be lost, communities destroyed, and millions of dollars spent on rebuilding. During storms, large waves may erode beaches, and high storm surge shifts the erosive force of the waves higher on the beach. In some cases, the combined effects of waves and surge may cause overwash (when waves and surge overtop the dune, transporting sand inland) or flooding. Building and infrastructure on or near a dune can be undermined during wave attack and subsequent erosion.
Keywords Beaches
Coastal change
Coastal erosion
Communities
Ecosystems
Erosion control
Hazards
Hurricanes
Mid-Atlantic Coast
Natural resources
Storm damage
Storm surges
Storms


 
Source Agency US Geological Survey
NTIS Subject Category 47B - Dynamic Oceanography
55C - Meteorological Data Collection, Analysis, & Weather Forecast
55B - Dynamic Meteorology
50B - Civil Engineering
Corporate Author Geological Survey, Reston, VA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Open file rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1321
Contract Number N/A

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