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Barrier Island Evolution

Project Overview

Overview of processes and timescales addressed by the Barrier Island Evolution Project.
Overview of processes and timescales addressed by the Barrier Island Evolution Project.

The Barrier Island Evolution Project addresses a research gap between the short time scale of individual storms (hours to days) and the longer time scales associated with the historic and geologic evolution of the coastal system (decades to millennia). The project integrates two of the Coastal and Marine Geology Program's strengths in studying coastal-change hazards—assessment of storm impacts and characterization of coastal geologic framework (the composition and geometry of rocks and sediment underlying coastal areas). Combining these strengths with modeling of morphology (the shape of the seafloor and land surface) will make possible predictions of barrier-island behavior over time scales useful to resource managers (1–5 years).

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