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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1206

Coastal Change Along the Shore of Northeastern South Carolina: The South Carolina Coastal Erosion Study

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By W. A. Barnhardt1, editor

Contributing authors:

W. C. Schwab1, P. T. Gayes2, R. A. Morton3, N. W. Driscoll4, W. E. Baldwin1, W. A. Barnhardt1, J. F. Denny1, M. S. Harris5, M. P. Katuna5, T. R. Putney6, G. Voulgaris7, J. C. Warner1, and E. E. Wright2

1U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA
2Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
3U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, FL
4Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA
5College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
6General Engineering and Environmental, LLC, Charleston, SC
7University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Published 2009

Composite image of South Carolina images and coast.

Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, conducted a 7-year, multi-disciplinary study of coastal erosion in northeastern South Carolina.  The main objective was to understand the geologic and oceanographic processes that control sediment movement along the region's shoreline and thereby improve projections of coastal change.  The study used high-resolution remote sensing and sampling techniques to define the geologic framework and assess historic shoreline change.  Based on these findings, oceanographic-process studies and numerical modeling were carried out to determine the rates and directions of sediment transport along South Carolina's Grand Strand.

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