Coastal Geomorphology

Shoreline at Perdido Key, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida
Shoreline at Perdido Key at Gulf Islands National Seashore

NPS/Whitney Granger

Geomorphology is the study of change in earth's landforms caused by things such as weather, geologic processes, or human activities. On barrier islands that protect the mainland of the United States, geomorphology and shoreline monitoring are high priority vital signs. Landform is the physical foundation for ecosystems and natural resources, and barrier islands are more likely to be affected by things such as climate change, hurricanes and extreme weather events, sea-level change, and human development.

The goal of Gulf Coast Network's coastal dynamics monitoring program is to document and detect these changes in selected coastal parks. For more information about the methods used, see Monitoring Coastal Topography at Gulf Coast Network Parks: Protocol Implementation Plan (Bracewell 2017) or
Monitoring Shoreline Position at Gulf Coast Network Parks: Protocol Implementation Plan (Bracewell 2017).

Last updated: April 27, 2018