Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development

Dirk Frankenberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Marine Sciences and LEARN NC

This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” examines the impact of hurricanes on beaches and coastal development with high-resolution photographs and text. First, you'll explore hurricane formation and and the “coastal sand sharing system,” a phrase geologists apply to the system that moves around on sedimentary coastlines. Next, you will visit two undeveloped barrier islands as they looked shortly after being hit by Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd in 1999. Finally, you'll visit two developed barrier islands that were impacted by the same hurricanes. You will be able to compare the way the sand sharing system affected the shoreface environments on the developed and undeveloped islands and will learn about the risks faced by homeowners and developers on the North Carolina coast.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes
Resource Type: Activities:Virtual Field Trip
Special Interest: Hazards
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Weather, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Environmental Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Hazards, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science