USGS Oceanographer publishes study outlining a framework for modeling barrier island responses to regionally specific scenario-based storm impact in Coastal Engineering

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Rangley Mickey (SPCMSC Oceanographer) study "A framework for modeling scenario-based barrier island storm impacts" was published in the journal Coastal Engineering.

The study proposes a method to generate storm scenarios from regionally, historic estimated total water level. The regionally specific storm scenarios were modeled using the process-based numerical model XBeach to quantify morphologic changes for low and high level scenarios. Process-based modeled scenarios predict 2D changes similar to observed impacts to as-built berm at the Chandeleur Islands, LA. Modeled scenarios highlight areas of proposed/existing feature vulnerable to storm impact which can provide quantitative measures of change to structured-decision making process.