Shore and Beach

Event and decadal-scale modeling of barrier island restoration designs for decision support

Mar 26, 2020

This paper outlines the development of a model framework to simulate the evolution of a barrier island given such challenges as sea level rise and storm impact in order to maximize benefits of restoration. The project focused on Breton Island with a goal informing management and engineering decisions and developing realistic expectations for the performance of a project. The project included the consideration of various impacts such as storms, long-term shoreline changes, and relative sea level rise over a 15-year time period. The results of this work were used in finalization of the restoration project design.