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  Coastal Change Assessment Services

Shoreline Change
Nearshore Bathymetry


Sediment Budget Analysis
Inlet Shoal Dynamics

Sediment Transport


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Regional coastal sediment transport processes influence the evolution of sedimentary environments to varying degrees depending on temporal and spatial response scales. A primary focus for Applied Coastal personnel is quantification of historical trends in shoreline position, bathymetry, and beach profile change at varying spatial and temporal scales. This has been accomplished by developing innovative strategies that take advantage of state-of-technology advances in surveying, GPS, computer mapping, and GIS. Topographic and hydrographic surveys of coastal and nearshore environments provide a direct source of data for quantifying system response. Applied Coastal uses these data (historical maps, photogrammetric surveys, GPS surveys, beach profile surveys) to evaluate coastal change trends at various sites along the U.S. coast (Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Washington) in relation to normal incident coastal processes, storm impacts, relative sea-level change, and human modifications of the coast.

Hydrographic surveys of regional nearshore morphology provide a direct source of information for quantifying changes in seafloor elevation. Comparison of digital bathymetric data for the same region but different time periods provides a method for calculating net movements of sediment into (accretion) and out of (erosion) an area of study (sediment budget). Applied Coastal personnel use these data to quantify regional and local changes in nearshore bathymetry to identify trends in coastal/shelf sediment dynamics, and to evaluate the impact of natural processes and human influences on a study area. Applied Coastal personnel have conducted these kinds of studies along all U.S. coasts to evaluate long- and short-term changes in coastal response to physical processes in the nearshore zone, particularly as they relate to tidal-influenced sedimentation patterns associated with inlets and adjacent coastal reaches.

Representative Clients

Department of Justice, USACE - ERDC, Hyannis Marina, Sebastian Inlet Tax Division, MMS, Weston & Sampson Engineering, Town of Plymouth, Three Bays Preservation, Inc., USACE, New York, USACE, ERDC, USACE, Mobile District, Falmouth Conservation Commission, Town of Chatham

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