(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

Document title

Sensitivity of post-hurricane beach and dune recovery to event frequency

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HOUSER C. (1) ; HAMILTON S. (2) ;
(1) Dep. of Geography, Univ., Texas, ETATS-UNIS
(2) Dep. of Geography, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi, ETATS-UNIS


The recovery of Santa Rosa Island in northwest Florida is characterized following Hurricane Katrina (September 2005), which was preceded by Hurricanes Ivan (2004) and Dennis (2005). Beach and dune recovery were quantified to the east and west of Pensacola Beach through a comparison of LiDAR data collected immediately following Hurricane Katrina and in July 2006 after almost a year of recovery. The alongshore variation in recovery is not only related to the island width, but also to the offshore bathymetry, height of the pre-storm dunes and the overwash penetration. If sufficient time is allowed for the return of vegetation and the recovery of the dunes, the variations in storm impact observed during Hurricane Ivan will be reinforced during subsequent storms. In this respect, the level of impact during subsequent storms and the ability of the island to recover will depend on the frequency of storm events.


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 34, no5 [pp. 613-628]

Bibliographic references : 1,5 p.

Collation : 10 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1002/esp.1730

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