South Carolina Coastal Council Beach Monitoring Program

by Gered Lennon, South Carolina Coastal Council, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The South Carolina coast was divided into three sections by general morphologic features. Beaches were then inventoried, measured and assigned priorities based on degree of development, relative public access and inferred erosion rates. The task of surveying beaches was assigned under contract to coastal science and engineering instructors at state universities within each section. Responsibilities of these include semi-annual surveys of designated beaches, site surveys to facilitate the permitting process and response to erosional storm events. Field data collected at the Charleston office of the Coastal Council is transmitted to the VAX 11/730 of Coastal Science and Engineering for reduction and interpretation. This interpretation includes comparative profiles, volumetric changes and sediment budgets.

Subject Headings: Site surveys | Beaches | Coastal management | Erosion | Coastal processes | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Contracts | Colleges and universities | South Carolina | United States

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