Quantifying Florida's Coastal Storm Wave Susceptibility

by Gregory W. Stone, Univ of Maryland, Dep of Geography, College Park, MD, USA,
David W. Fischer, Univ of Maryland, Dep of Geography, College Park, MD, USA,
James P. Morgan, Univ of Maryland, Dep of Geography, College Park, MD, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: A simple computer model capable of describing potential storm wave inundation and damage along Florida's sandy beaches is described from first principles. Model STORMWAVE requires inputs of wave energy; dune elevation; beach, island, and shoreface width; and astronomical tide conditions. Outputs include a Storm Wave Susceptibility Quotient and a classification in terms of HIGH, MODERATE-HIGH, MODERATE. . . . LOW for selected tide stages. Each classification describes the coastal geomorphology along a transect in terms of storm wave inundation and damage potential.

Subject Headings: Ocean waves | Coastal management | Storms | Tides | Floods | Computer models | Beaches | Hydro power | North America | Florida | United States

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