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TitleQuantifying macro-scale geomorphological changes post-Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Joaquin at Assateague Island utilizing bathymetric mapping techniques
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AuthorHaulsee, K, III
SourceProgram and abstracts: 2017 GeoHab Conference, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; by Todd, B JORCID logo; Brown, C J; Lacharité, M; Gazzola, V; McCormack, E; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8295, 2017 p. 56, Open Access logo Open Access
LinksGeoHab 2017
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Meeting2017 GeoHab: Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping; Dartmouth, NS; CA; May 1-4, 2017
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Program and abstracts: 2017 GeoHab Conference, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
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AreaAssateague Island; Maryland; Virginia; United States of America
Lat/Long WENS -75.5000 -75.0000 38.5000 37.5000
Subjectsmarine geology; surficial geology/geomorphology; geophysics; mapping techniques; oceanography; marine environments; coastal studies; bathymetry; barrier islands; marine sediments; sediment transport; sea level changes; storms; currents; geophysical surveys; acoustic surveys, marine; sonar surveys; resource management; Hurricane Sandy; Hurricane Joaquin
ProgramOffshore Geoscience
Released2017 09 26
AbstractAssateague Island is a barrier island complex that stretches 37 miles along the Atlantic coast of Maryland and Virginia. The island's location along the eastern seaboard makes for a highly dynamic system that not only changes over long temporal scale through longshore transport and sea level transgression/ regression, but also over short seasonal scales due to strong currents and storm events such as Hurricane Sandy in late October 2012 and Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. Geologically speaking, both hurricanes gave us a rare opportunity to quantify large spatial scale sea-floor changes over a short temporal scale because of the vast amount of energy that moved through the region in 2012 and 2015. This coastal geomorphological study will aim to quantify the macro-scale changes that took place over time by utilizing data collected via bathymetric sea-floor mapping surveys that took place in 2011 and 2014. The first data set was collected by the Maryland Geological Survey pre-Hurricane Sandy (2011), using a Versar single-beam echosounder. This will be compared to multi-phase bathymetric data that was collected by the University of Delaware utilizing an Edgetech 6205 multi-phase echosounder (2015). Comparing these two data sets allows us to measure large spatial scale changes over a short temporal scale. This will aim to quantify the amount of substrate changes and overall sediment movement based off each storm event. This study will have implications for quantifying near shore sand resource movement during storm events.
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The sixteenth annual GeoHab Conference was held this year (2017) at the Waterfront Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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