St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
A quantitative understanding of long- and short-term physical changes along wetland coastlines is required to support assessments of ecological and societal vulnerabilities to environmental change. The Barrier Island and Estuarine Wetland Physical Change Assessment project will integrate a wetland assessment with existing coastal-change hazard assessments for the adjacent dunes and beaches, and will focus, initially, on Assateague Island, Maryland, to create a more comprehensive coastal vulnerability assessment. Read more in the Project Overview.
Hurricane Sandy Wetland Physical Change
Historical and recent maps and other imagery will be used to document changes to the extent and character of wetland areas associated with Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy Depositional Record
Sediment cores will be collected and analyzed to provide quantify Hurricane Sandy-related deposition or erosion and place this event in the context of historical wetland changes.
Hurricane Sandy Wetland Physical Change Assessment
Data collected for this project will be combined with physical process understanding to developed an assessment that quantifies wetland vulnerability erosion and burial due to storms and longer-term processes.