The Recovery of Monterey Bay Beaches After the Winter Storms of 1982-83

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by John R. Dingler, US Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, USA,
Roberto J. Anima, US Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, USA,
H. Edward Clifton, US Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: The El Nino conditions of 1982 and 1983 produced unusually frequent and intense storms along the central California coast. These storms produced much greater than normal beach erosion in Monterey Bay, causing extensive damage to coastal structures, erosion of coastal cliffs, and loss of sand from coastal dunes. The beaches accreted during the summer of 1983 and eroded again the next winter. Every beach, however, showed its own pattern of rebuilding; the eigenfunction analysis showed that the beaches did not all reach either their maximum or minimum volumes at the same time.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Storms | Beaches | Bays | Winter | Erosion | Climate change | Damage (structural) | North America | California | United States

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