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Coastal erosion and development in the Northwest

by Vicki McConnellVicki McConnell | 17 Feb 2009 19:43
The gulf coast isn't the only area where development and coastal processes are having a profound affect.

The comment on the south-central regional site questioning whether forethought is going into rebuilding of New Orleans got me to thinking about similar issues along the Northwest coastline. As we monitor the very dynamic coastline of Oregon it has become obvious that we need to understand the coastal processes better and be monitoring the changes to the coastline. We have determined that in the last decade winter storms are more frequent and damaging and the 100 year storm surge heights have increased by 15%. What that bodes for coastal development and land use decision making is the big question now.

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