Series: Coastal Geomorphology—Beach Response to Storms
Geologically, hurricanes accelerate coastal processes so that during the hours of storm passage, the amount of erosion and deposition in coastal systems equals what would normally take months or even years.
The profiles of beaches change in response to changing wave conditions, which can occur on a seasonal timeframe or during an individual storm. Read more
Grain size of beach material is an important factor effecting the width and slope of a beach as will as the movement of sediment during a coastal storm. Read more
As a hurricane approaches the mainland, barrier islands (where they exist) are the first land feature in the path of the storm. Read more
Evolving islands of Gulf Islands National Seashore show the power of storms as agents of change. Read more