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Assessing Shoreline Change and Coastal Hazards for the Georgia Coast


PIs: Clark Alexander, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and David M. Bush, University of West Georgia, Department of Geosciences

Support: Sea Grant College Program

Timeframe: 2008 - 2010

Project Overview:
The main focus of the project is the development of tools and protocols for shoreline change assessment. Once the methods are in place, a series of workshops will be held to see how easy the tools are to learn and work with. 

Accomplishments:

  • A shoreline analysis tool was completed and outreach efforts are being planned.
  • Hazard maps of the Georgia coast were completed for Chatham and Glynn Counties.
  • Maps for Liberty and Bryan Counties are in process.
  • McIntosh and Camden County maps created in 2001 are being revised.

        A main goal of the project is to establish monitoring sites on the developed barrier islands and mainland (estuarine) shorelines using geoindicator checklist assessments, beach profiling (on the island beaches), and photography. We established 16 beach profiling sites total on Tybee, St Simons, and Jekyll Islands. At each of the beach profiling sites we applied a geoindicators checklist hazards analysis. There was one additional site with a geoindicator analysis but no beach profile. On the mainland sites, which include all six coastal counties, we established 37 monitoring sites, each with a geoindicator checklist hazards assessment and photographs. Locations are being plotted on county-scale maps for future reference. These data will be made available to county personnel at the planned workshops. 

Students supported (in whole or part):
Chester Jackson, Rochelle Petruccelli, and Andrew Maloof

Presentations:

Jackson, Chester W. Jr, Alexander, Clark A., and Bush, David M., 2010. Application of New Shoreline Analysis Tools to Coastal National Parks in Georgia: the Ambur Package for R, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 142.

Petruccelli, Rochelle F., Jackson, Chester W., Bush, David M., and Alexander, Clark, 2009.  Historical Changes of Goulds Inlet, Georgia, from Geospatial Analysis of Aerial Photographs, Geological Society of America, Southeastern Section Meeting, March 11-12, 2009, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Jackson, Chester, Alexander, Clark A., and Bush, David M., 2009. Assessing Shoreline Change and Coastal Hazards for the Georgia Coast , Geological Society of America, Southeastern Section Meeting, March 11-12, 2009, St. Petersburg, Florida. 

Legaspi, Rochelle F. Chester W. Jackson Jr, David M. Bush, and Clark Alexander, 2008. Shoreline Response to Changes within a Small-Scale, Mesotidal Inlet System: Goulds Inlet, Georgia, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 40, No. 6, p. 182, 2008 Joint Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas (5–9 October 2008).

Publications:

Robinson, Michael H., Clark R. Alexander, Chester W. Jackson, Christopher P. McCabe, and David Crass. 2010. Threatened Archaeological, Historic, and Cultural
Resources of the Georgia Coast: Identification, Prioritization and Management Using GIS Technology. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 25(3): 312–326.


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