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Coastal Change Hazards: Hurricanes and Extreme Storms

Hurricane Sandy

Pre- and Post-Storm Photo Comparisons - Virginia

Hurricane Sandy's landfall affected the coastlines over a broad swath of mid-Atlantic and North-eastern states, including New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Breaching, overwash and erosion took place on many barrier islands, including some that are heavily populated and developed. The pre- and post-storm photos below were taken over a 150 km (90 miles) stretch of the Virginia shoreline. These locations represent a broad range of coastal configurations and their response to the storm. Pre-storm photos were acquired during baseline surveys on May 21, 2009 and August 31, 2011, and post-storm photos were acquired November 4-6, 2012.

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Location 1: Oblique aerial photographs of Assateague Island, VA. View looking west along Virginia's barrier-island shore. Extensive overwash deposits indicate sand has been transported landward, filling in a pond and covering marsh. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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Location 2: Oblique aerial photographs of Assateague Island, VA. View looking west along the shore of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Overwash deposits have transported sand inland across the island and into the lagoon behind it. The beach and low dunes have been breached. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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Location 3: Oblique aerial photographs of Kegotank Bay, VA. View looking west along Virginia's barrier-island shore. Here, dunes have been eroded and sand has been transported landward as an overwash deposit. Marsh and some of the estuary behind the beach have been covered by the overwash deposit. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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Location 4: Oblique aerial photographs of Great Gut Cove, VA. View looking west along Virginia's barrier-island shore. Very low dunes at this location allowed extensive overwash to transport sand inland. Marsh was buried and marsh channels were filled with sand. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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Location 5: Oblique aerial photographs of Smith Island, VA. View looking west along Virginia's barrier-island shore. Moderately high dunes here were eroded and overwash transported sand inland. Marsh and marsh channels were buried. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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Location 6: View looking west along Virginia's barrier-island shore. A higher dune ridge on the left (south) side of this scene suffered erosion, but no overwash. To the right (north), lower dunes were eroded and sand was transported inland as overwash. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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Location 7: Oblique aerial photographs of Little Island Park, Virginia Beach, VA. View looking west along the Virginia shore. Here, there was dune erosion, as indicated by the erosional scarp at the base of the dunes at the back of the beach. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]


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