Vegetation Monitoring of Beach Nourishment

by Paul B. Looney, Univ of West Florida, Pensacola, United States,
David J. Gibson, Univ of West Florida, Pensacola, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Beach Nourishment Engineering and Management Considerations


The Gulf Islands National Seashore portion of Perdido Key, Florida is the site of a five year project established to monitor the response of undisturbed native barrier island plant communities to massive beach nourishment. This note describes the primary succession of colonizing species on the nourished beach and discusses potential long term effects on established vegetation.

Subject Headings: Beach protection and nourishment | Vegetation | Islands | Coastal management | Barrier islands | Shores | Project management | Florida | United States

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