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Actionable Data for Coastal Planning

Actionable Data for Coastal Planning

Coastal regions are diverse ecosystems that support a myriad of economic and societal services. Various industry stakeholders, such as port authorities, shipping firms, tourism operators, and fisheries, to name but a few, rely on coastal habitats and their resources. These environments, unlike inland ones, face unique challenges in terms of coastal resilience and vulnerability, factors that are acerbated by their ongoing exposure to extreme weather and erosion.

Artificial Reef Survey Guides Protection of Coastal Infrastructure & Marine Ecosystems

Artificial Reef Survey Guides Protection of Coastal Infrastructure & Marine Ecosystems

Beach erosion is a common challenge up and down Florida’s coastline. Shifting currents, tides, and structural engineering tend to accentuate the impacts of beach erosion and trigger problems. Even without hurricane-force winds and waves, shorelines around the Florida coast are experiencing erosion and washout. To prevent and mitigate the impacts of sea level rise, storm surge, and heavy rain, researchers and environmental planners have employed tactics like living shorelines, oyster reef restoration, and the deployment of artificial reefs.

Artificial Reef Survey Supports Coastal Infrastructure & Ecosystem Protection

Artificial Reef Survey Supports Coastal Infrastructure & Ecosystem Protection

Beach erosion is a common challenge up and down Florida’s coastline. Shifting currents, tides, and structural engineering tend to accentuate the impacts of beach erosion and trigger problems—this is the case for the Florida Power and Light (FPL) St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant, located beachside on Hutchinson Island, Florida. In 2004, Hurricane Frances caused severe erosion to the stretch of coast in front of the plant, resulting in the loss of around 70 feet of beach. With this significant barrier of beach sediment removed, ocean waves were able to reach within 20 feet of the power plant’s water discharge canal.

Longshore Drift Drives Innovative Management

Longshore Drift Drives Innovative Management

Florida inlets are busy, multiuse areas often troubled with complex and abstruse issues. Florida beaches and inlet regions have been developed and engineered to support the Blue Economy and tourism revenue but continue to battle inlet’s number one issue—beach erosion and longshore drift.

Morgan & Eklund, Inc.: A Recognized Player in the Success of the City of Boca, City of Deerfield Beach, and Town of Hillsboro Florida Joint Nourishment Project

Morgan & Eklund, Inc.: A Recognized Player in the Success of the City of Boca, City of Deerfield Beach, and Town of Hillsboro Florida Joint Nourishment Project

In a first-time collaboration, the City of Boca Raton, the City of Deerfield Beach, and the Town of Hillsboro, Florida, came together to complete a joint nourishment project. External compound forces like wind, waves, currents, storms, sea level rise, and the manipulation of inlets can cause beach erosion. By itself, the City of Boca Raton has completed over 12 beach renourishment projects—some of which were hurricane repair and hurricane emergency projects. Just south of Boca Raton, a 3.8-mile-long stretch of beach located along Hillsboro Beach and the south extent of Deerfield Beach was deemed critically eroded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

The Future of Tech-Inspired Coastal Survey for Hurricane Resilience

The Future of Tech-Inspired Coastal Survey for Hurricane Resilience

Despite the rather bleak outlook published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) in April, until late September, the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane season had proven, by historical standards at least, relatively benign.

Uncrewed Technology Goes Down a Storm with Hydrographers

Uncrewed Technology Goes Down a Storm with Hydrographers

As is customary in early June, public officials are now busy issuing communities up and down the eastern seaboard and in and around the Gulf of Mexico with guidance on how to prepare for severe weather events—June 1 marks the official start to the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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