Galveston Island West End: A Study of Beach Morphological Responses During the 2003 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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2003

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Lee, Michael S.
McInnes, Andrew J.
Daigle, Mandy

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Galveston Island has experienced rapid shoreline erosion in recent decades, with the area west of the seawall experiencing high erosion rates- averaging between 2.8 and 4.6 meters per year (Edge and Hutchinson). During the summer and fall of 2003 the authors conducted four temporal profiles on eight specifically selected transects of Galveston's west end. This paper presents the findings of the six-month monitoring project, recording the geomorphic responses of the eight sites to episodes of varying energy during the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Discussion will cover the morphology of beaches, volumes of beach eroded/accreted, the weather regimes experienced during the study period, and the impacts on the coastal features and Geotubes by Hurricane Claudette.

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