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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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This project is aimed at developing an understanding of detailed beach and dune change. During the course of this monitoring, Hurricane Isabel impacted the coastal plain of Virginia and significantly altered almost all Bay shorelines to one degree or another in September 2003. This is particularly true of shorelines facing north, east, and south since the winds shifted as the storm passed. This event provided an opportunity to measure the changes to natural dune systems around the Bay due to the storm as well as their recovery after the event.



Sand Dunes, Chesapeake Bay, Monitoring


This project was funded, in part, by the Department of Environmental Quality's Coastal Resources Management Program through Grant #NA03NOS4190104, Task 91 of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended