Massachusetts Integrated Coastal Studies (MICS)

Shoreline Change

Shoreline Change

Shoreline change assessments are being made using an optimized database of Massachusetts shoreline positions and measurements, as well as novel shoreline-change predictive capabilities.

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COAWST Modeling

COAWST Modeling

How storms mobilize and transport sediment in Cape Cod Bay, MA is being investigated using the COAWST modeling system. Nearshore sediment fluxes are being analyzed and compared to shoreline change data to ascertain coastal change processes.

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Geologic Mapping

Geologic Mapping

Shoreline change and sediment flux findings are being integrated and validated with results from a comprehensive seafloor mapping effort that defines the surface and shallow subsurface geologic framework of Cape Cod Bay, MA.

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Science Center Objects

Coastal erosion, intense storm events and sea-level rise pose threats to coastal communities and infrastructure. Managers and scientists often lack the high-resolution data needed to improve estimates of sediment abundance and movement, shoreline change, and seabed characteristics that influence coastal vulnerability. To address these and other needs the U.S. Geological Survey, in partnership with the State of Massachusetts, is conducting a multi-tiered research initiative consisting of shoreline change characterization, sediment transport numerical modeling and seafloor mapping in Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts.

 

 

House damaged by February 2021 storm

House damaged by a large NorEaster Storm, Sandwich, MA February 2021

(Credit: Chris Sherwood, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. Public domain.)

House damaged by February 2021 storm

A large NorEaster Storm caused extensive property damage along the beach ,Sandwich, MA February 2021

(Credit: Chris Sherwood, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. Public domain.)

Primary partner for this project is the  Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

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