Bank Erosion at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

by D. Hershberger, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,
C. A. Spell, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,
N. Sultan, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,
F. Ting, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,
J. Zhang, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of the Gulf of Mexico

Abstract: The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge has been experiencing problems with the erosion along the banks of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. In order to prevent future erosion it is necessary to determine the extent of the damage and the environmental factors that are significant. Of particular concern are the wind and ship generated waves and currents and their relative contribution to the erosion. This on-going study is in the early stages and no definitive conclusions have been reached yet. Field measurements are being obtained and computer models will be developed to simulate the conditions in the channel. From these models it will be possible to determine the major cause of erosion at the refuge.

Subject Headings: Erosion | Computer models | Wildlife | River bank stabilization | Gulfs | Waterways | Wind engineering

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