Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date



Special Report in Applied Marine Science and Ocean Engineering No. 313


The Chesapeake Bay Shoreline Study is a cooperative project of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Norfolk District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. The project consists of three modeling and five monitoring sites located on the tributary estuarine shores of the Virginia portion of Chesapeake Bay. The purpose of the study is to examine more closely gapped-offshore-headland breakwaters and the headland concept for the abatement of estuarine shoreline erosion. Headland breakwaters provide fixed points along a shore between which a series of stable pocket beaches can develop. These structures may represent a lower cost approach to control shoreline erosion as well as provide an "environmental edge" between what we perceive as land and marine resources.


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