Research Themes at the ACRL

Research at the ACRL seeks to understand the rates, controls and processes of coastal erosion within the Georgia Bight, specifically in a study region extending from St. Helena Sound, SC to St. Marys Inlet, GA.

Shoreline Change in the Southeastern United States

The GA-SC Coastal Erosion Study produced a State of Knowledge Report, involving the compilation and synthesis of existing data to evaluate the level of our understanding of shoreline change, coastal morphodynamics, shallow stratigraphic framework and geologic resources in the region. This report documents basic and applied coastal research and coastal-engineering-related studies, identifies information gaps and significant deficiencies in our knowledge and prioritizes areas where opportunities exist for future geologic research pertinent to management of a dynamic coastal zone. Further work has concentrated on evaluating the impact of these regional processes on natural, archaeological and cultural resources in Georgia.

A Semi-Annotated Bibliography of Barrier Island Studies Applicable to Georgia Back-Barrier Islands

Back-barrier islands, or small islands between the major barrier islands and the mainland often termed “hammocks”, are geological features that provide important habitat for plant and bird species, including rare and endangered wildlife and migratory songbirds. Approximately 1200 of these islands exist along the Georgia coast, and given the increasing growth along the Georgia coast in the past decade, they are coming under increasing development pressure. Literature searches quickly showed that very little scientific information exists from studies of back-barrier islands to guide coastal managers. This literature review was conducted to identify research carried out on the major barrier islands that could be applied to back-barrier island environments.

Recreational Dock Impacts on Georgia Saltmarshes

Last updated: 12/6/2013