A Carrying Capacity Study of Hatteras Island

by Jane L. Hegenbarth, Univ of North Carolina, Cent for, Urban & Regional Studies, Chapel, Hill, NC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: This article summarizes a study done of Hatteras Island, North Carolina, a largely undeveloped and natural barrier island. 'Carrying capacity' means the ability of natural and man-made environments to absorb additional development without significantly exceeding their natural threshold limits. The study analyzed eight factors that are important to the island's capacity to absorb growth.

Subject Headings: Load bearing capacity | Islands | Ocean engineering | Barrier islands | Computing in civil engineering | Coastal engineering | Fish management | North Carolina

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