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America’s Most Vulnerable Coastal Communities

Product Code: USPE460
Series: GSA Special Papers
Author/Editor: Edited by Joseph T Kelley, Orrin H Pilkey and J Andrew G Cooper
Publication Date: 20 January 2010
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GSA Special Paper 460. 

Sea level is rising, and yet Americans continue to develop beaches with little regard. In this volume, a group of coastal geologists discusses the startling saga of ten U.S. East and Gulf Coast shoreline communities (plus Puerto Rico and some western Europe strands) and the problems created by their inevitable interaction with natural processes in this highly dynamic geologic environment. The authors discuss the geologic context of the hazards of each site as the history of societal responses and their environmental impacts. Response to the natural coastal processes that threaten lives and buildings is carried out in a context of local, state and national politics with fixed short-term engineering solutions (beach replenishment, seawalls) generally favored over longer-term approaches (moving back, prohibition of seawalls). This essential GSA Special Paper foreshadows the impending rise of sea level and the myriad of shoreline responses and political controversies it will provoke.


Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9780813724607
Publisher: GSA
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 179
Weight: 0.70 kg



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Peter S. Rosen, Duncan M. FitzGerald, and Ilya V. Buynevich

A case study on the effects of coastal engineering structures and beach restoration methods after storms, Westhampton Beach, Long Island, New York
Nicholas K. Coch

Eye of a human hurricane: Pea Island, Oregon Inlet, and Bodie Island, northern Outer Banks, North Carolina
Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea V. Ames, Stephen J. Culver, David J. Mallinson, D. Reide Corbett, and John P. Walsh

North Topsail Beach, North Carolina: A model for maximizing coastal hazard vulnerability
Orrin H. Pilkey and William J. Neal

Folly Beach, South Carolina: An endangered barrier island
Norman Levine, Charles Kaufman, Michael Katuna, Scott Harris, and Mitchell Colgan

A history of poor economic and environmental renourishment decisions in Broward County, Florida
Harold R. Wanless

Continued redevelopment of the west end of Dauphin Island, Alabama — A policy review
George F. Crozier

Hurricane Rita and the destruction of Holly Beach, Louisiana: Why the chenier plain is vulnerable to storms
Asbury H. Sallenger, C.W. Wright, Kara Doran, Kristy Guy, and Karen Morgan

Natural versus anthropogenic mechanisms of erosion along the upper Texas coast
Davin J. Wallace, John B. Anderson, and Antonio B. Rodriguez

Summary of Puerto Rico’s vulnerability to coastal hazards: Risk, mitigation, and management with examples
David M. Bush, William J. Neal, and Chester W. Jackson

Bad beach management: European perspectives
J.A.G. Cooper, G. Anfuso, and L. Del Rio


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