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Hurricane Sandy Response - Barrier Island and Estuarine Wetland Physical Change Assessment

Hurricane Sandy Wetland Physical Change Assessment

Accurate wetland vulnerability assessments require detailed physical change data and an understanding of the processes responsible for the changes caused by both short- and long-term processes. Processes of interest include wetland burial, estuarine shoreline change due to overwash and changes due to estuarine erosion. We will use data that resolved spatially extensive coastal wetland change (remote sensing), wave forces (models), and sediment process (coring) to develop an integrated model that examines coastal wetland change driven by storms. The model is intended to be used to assess Assateague Island wetland vulnerability to future storms and can be applied to other similar coastal systems.

The resulting wetland vulnerability assessment will then be linked to the beaches and dune vulnerability assessment that has already been developed, and the comprehensive barrier vulnerability assessment will be a key component in the larger Assateague regional study.

Conceptual diagram illustrating the integration of factors driving wetland physical change
Conceptual diagram illustrating the integration of factors driving wetland physical change.

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