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Recent Coastal News

Federal Expenditures Related to the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA)

Andy Coburn’s analysis of the CBRA concluded that the CBRA has reduced federal coastal disaster-related expenditures by $9.5 billion between 1989 and 2013. Future CBRA savings over the next 50 years are forecast to range between $11 billion for a low development/low damage estimate scenario to $108 billion for a high development/high damage estimate scenario (all estimates in 2016 dollars).

Read the JCR entire article here.

Side by Side Comparison of Cape San Blas

From the USGS: Storm surge and waves completely eroded and breached a low, narrow spot on Cape San Blas, creating two new inlets and severing the only road access to T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. See our Facebook page for more info. 

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
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Western Carolina University
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