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Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines

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Beach Nourishment Database & Viewer

A comprehensive database of nourishment episodes in the U.S.!

National Storm Surge Database & Viewer

Locate & view storm surge measurements across the U.S.!

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Recent Coastal News

Conservation Efforts in Topsail, NC

Environmental planning presented to Topsail, NC officials to propose the construction of beach groins to off-set beach erosion. Learn more about Topsail’s plans here.

Running out of sand, or running out of time?

Sand, a fossil resource that takes millions of years to form, is being depleted at alarming rates through its continued use in marketed commercial goods and construction materials. Learn more about the depletion of Earth’s sands here.

Memories of Superstorm Sandy Fade as Beachfront Construction Continues in New Jersey.

New Jersey residents remember the devastation of Superstorm Sandy quite well, but remain vigilant in their determination to rebuild on top of the aftermath at the New Jersey shore. While cautious, these residents will not be deterred by the science behind the devastation. Scientists discuss the impacts and the potential for this area as construction moves forward.  Learn more here.

Recent PSDS Imagery

Folly Beach SC Nourishment

Black Sea Aerial Photos

Hurricane Sandy Imagery

SC Coast Aerial Images

Hurricane Week: The Weather Channel

NPR Weekend Edition

Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost?

Featuring Director Rob Young

Elwha River Restoration

Smithsonian Article: Preparing for a New River

Featuring PSDS and Director Rob Young

Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines
Old Student Union
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28734