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Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Study

Introduction

Chandeleur Island and sand berm

The USGS is collaborating with the State of Alabama and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support the formulation of a plan to preserve and protect the natural resources of Dauphin Island, Alabama. Scientists are collecting geologic data and developing a numerical model framework to understand the evolution of Dauphin Island over the last 15-20 years and assess the future evolution of the island over the next 15-50 years, including the impacts of potential restoration scenarios. These data and simulations will be used to inform decisions made for management of Dauphin Island, and the methodology can also be applied to inform barrier island restoration and management in other areas.

Read more in the Project Overview.

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