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Dunes: The Coasts’ First Line of Defense

Dunes: The Coasts’ First Line of Defense Cover Art MAyr A A. r o Mán- r iver A University of South Carolina Je An t . eLL i S University of South Carolina On October 8, 2016, after causing signifi- sediment from the dune toe to the beach cant damage in the Caribbean and brush- face and nearshore that causes the dune ing the coasts of Florida and Geor gia, collapse. Wave overtopping of the dunes Hurricane Matthew made landfall in may also occur during storm conditions, McClellanville, South Carolina as a Cate- which pushes sediment landward. Coastal gory 1 storm with sustained winds of 74 residents and visitors have been slower to to 95 mph. This was the first hurricane recognize the benefits of dunes as natural to make landfall in South Carolina in protection against wave and tidal events. 12 years. Hurricane Matthew caused sig- We have ascertained that they conceptu- nificant inundation from storm surge and ally support healthy dune systems but they river flooding, as well as hurricane force value their ocean views more than the pro- winds along the South Carolina coast. Ac- tection these landforms may provide. cording to the National Hurricane Center The damaged dunes, akin to the ones http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southeastern Geographer University of North Carolina Press

Dunes: The Coasts’ First Line of Defense

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © The Southeastern Division, American Association of Geographers.
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Abstract

Cover Art MAyr A A. r o Mán- r iver A University of South Carolina Je An t . eLL i S University of South Carolina On October 8, 2016, after causing signifi- sediment from the dune toe to the beach cant damage in the Caribbean and brush- face and nearshore that causes the dune ing the coasts of Florida and Geor gia, collapse. Wave overtopping of the dunes Hurricane Matthew made landfall in may also occur during storm conditions, McClellanville, South Carolina as a Cate- which pushes sediment landward. Coastal gory 1 storm with sustained winds of 74 residents and visitors have been slower to to 95 mph. This was the first hurricane recognize the benefits of dunes as natural to make landfall in South Carolina in protection against wave and tidal events. 12 years. Hurricane Matthew caused sig- We have ascertained that they conceptu- nificant inundation from storm surge and ally support healthy dune systems but they river flooding, as well as hurricane force value their ocean views more than the pro- winds along the South Carolina coast. Ac- tection these landforms may provide. cording to the National Hurricane Center The damaged dunes, akin to the ones

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Southeastern GeographerUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 13, 2018

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