Virginia Institute of Marine Science
The purpose of this data report is to document how the shore zone of Poquoson has evolved since 1937. Aerial imagery was taken for most of the Bay region beginning that year, and can be used to assess the geomorphic nature of shore change. Aerial imagery shows how the coast has changed, how beaches, dunes, bars, and spits have grown or decayed, how barriers have breached, how inlets have changed course, and how one shore type has displaced another or has not changed at all. Shore change is a natural process but, quite often, the impacts of man through shore hardening or inlet stabilization come to dominate a given shore reach. The change in shore positions along the rivers and larger creeks in the City of Poquoson will be quantified in this report. The shorelines of very irregular coasts, small creeks around inlets, and other complicated areas, will be shown but not quantified.
Shoreline Evolution, Poquoson, Chesapeake Bay, Aerial Photography, Human impact, GIS
This project was funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through Grant #NA08NOS419046 of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.
Milligan, D. A., O'Brien, K. P., Wilcox, C., & Hardaway, C. (2010) Shoreline Evolution: City of Poquoson, Virginia Poquoson River, Chesapeake Bay, and Back River Shorelines. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. https://doi.org/10.21220/V5ZP5V