The Physical Condition of South Carolina Beaches 1980-2010 Journal of Coastal Research Vol SI69, pp 61-82.
Comprehensive synthesis of state beach surveys showing the impact of nourishment and natural sand bypassing, finding that 80% of the developed coast has healthier beaches today than conditions 30 years ago.VIEW PDF →
Construction and Performance of Six Template Groins at Hunting Island, SC.
Shore & Beach Journal Vol 78 No 3, pp 21-32.
Describes the design of the first groins in South Carolina to follow the natural profile of a beach thus reducing their exposure while stabilizing a highly eroding beach.VIEW PDF →
Myrtle Beach (2001-2010) – Another Decade of Beach Monitoring Surveys after the 1997 Federal Shore-Protection Project
ASCE Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice (2011), pp 775-765
Documents how seawalls are buried and Myrtle Beach is wider today than the 1970s because of nourishment every 10 years or so.VIEW PDF →
Coastal Erosion and Solutions – A Primer
CSE’s 40 page primer describes many of the causes of coastal erosion and puts into perspective their scales, consequences and potential solutions.VIEW PDF →
Lack of Evidence for Onshore Sediment Transport from Deep Water at Decadal Time Scales: Fire Island New York
Journal of Coastal Research Vol SI 59, pp 61-75
Critically evaluates five factors related to the theory that sand from deep water migrates onshore and naturally nourishes Fire Island.VIEW PDF →
Planning, Preliminary Design, and Initial Performance of the Nags Head Beach nourishment Project
Int’l Conference on Coastal Engineering – Santander Spain, 12pp
Details the initial performance of the largest locally funded US nourishment project to date, including impacts of Huricane Irene. Quantifies sand volumes remaining at various positions from the foredune to deep water.VIEW PDF →
Barrier Island Habitat Creation at Decadal Scales
World Scientific – Coastal Sediments 2011 Vol-2, pp 1162-1175
Describes natural formation of a 3 mile-long barrier beach and over 250 acres of salt marsh habitat over a 20 year period, demonstrating how rapidly new coast evolves where there is a plentiful supply of sand.VIEW PDF →
A Brief History of Beach Nourishment in South Carolina
Shore & Beach Journal Vol 80 No 4, pp 9-21
Details of ~60 projects (1954-2010) along 62 miles which have added 44 million cubic yards and widened SC beaches well beyond pre-nourishment conditions at a cost averaging $40 per foot of shoreline per year.VIEW PDF →