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The threat of global sea-level rise and beach recession is an important issue that coastal managers all over the world must address. Sea-level rise in northern Puget Sound is estimated by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group to be between 8 and 55 cm by 2050. Close to unrestricted development along much of the coast of Puget Sound has left a large number of developments susceptible to changing beach conditions. To better understand beaches response to sea-level rise I intent to apply a model, developed by Bruun (1962) and modified by Nicholls (1998) which predicts the coastlines response to sea-level rise. The model holds inherent assumptions, such as a closed sediment budget which must be accounted for when applying the model. Model results will be measured as order of magnitude values based on recommendations by the Scientific Committee on Ocean Research. The model will be applied on a scale of 50 and 100 years using sea-level rise values developed by the Climate Impacts Group.

Start Date

8-3-2008 8:00 AM

End Date

8-3-2008 5:00 PM

Subject - LCSH

Sea level--Washington (State)--Puget Sound--Mathematical models; Coast changes--Washington (State)--Puget Sound--Mathematical models; Coastal zone management--Washington (State)--Puget Sound--Mathematical models;

Geographic Coverage

Puget Sound (Wash.)

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Conference Papers and Proceedings

Session

Resource Management: International

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application/pdf

Language

English

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Beaches response to sea-level rise in Northern Puget Sound, Washington.

The threat of global sea-level rise and beach recession is an important issue that coastal managers all over the world must address. Sea-level rise in northern Puget Sound is estimated by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group to be between 8 and 55 cm by 2050. Close to unrestricted development along much of the coast of Puget Sound has left a large number of developments susceptible to changing beach conditions. To better understand beaches response to sea-level rise I intent to apply a model, developed by Bruun (1962) and modified by Nicholls (1998) which predicts the coastlines response to sea-level rise. The model holds inherent assumptions, such as a closed sediment budget which must be accounted for when applying the model. Model results will be measured as order of magnitude values based on recommendations by the Scientific Committee on Ocean Research. The model will be applied on a scale of 50 and 100 years using sea-level rise values developed by the Climate Impacts Group.