Assessing Coastal Bluff Erosion Along the Oregon Coast Using Available Materials

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by S. W. Allen, Eastern Michigan Univ, Ypsilanti, United States,
A. C. Ansevin, Eastern Michigan Univ, Ypsilanti, United States,
C. E. Valentine, Eastern Michigan Univ, Ypsilanti, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Considerations in Coastal Zone Management

Abstract: This pilot study was initiated by Oregon's Department of Geology and Mineral Industry (DOGAMI) in an effort to determine erosion rates applicable to the coastal bluffs of Oregon's shoreline. The objective was to find methods by which coastal bluff erosion rates could be calculated and predicted with regards to the northwestern coast of the United States. Based on this study, an assessment was made about the potential of each method in providing reliable erosion rates. These results could serve as a model for planners and developers in determining the rate at which particular sea bluffs may erode along the Oregon coast and as a guide for other researchers to conduct more comprehensive studies.

Subject Headings: Erosion | Coastal environment | Model analysis | Shoreline | Seas and oceans | Minerals | Industries | Oregon | North America | United States

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