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Modeling Coastal Sedimentation and Erosion for Design Applications within the Fields of Landscape Architecture and Architecture

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Ackerman, Aidan C.S.; Cave, Jonathan

Year Published

2018

Publication

In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 262-269.

Abstract

Uncertainty of future coastline geophysical conditions is increasingly magnified by the growing severity of acute and chronic weather events induced by climate change. In the face of these threats, 21st century coastal-human relationships will be characterized by temporality, response and recovery, and restoration. Understanding these dynamics will require visual exploration and application of theoretical conditions to future scenario generation. This research examines the development of an interdisciplinary three-dimensional visual modeling methodology to simulate erosion, storm surges, and sea level rise of a beach community in southern Rhode Island. Using historic data of coastal conditions for Misquamicut, Rhode Island, the researchers identified patterns of coastal change to model and simulate future shoreline conditions that incorporate local hydrological dynamics. The resulting sedimentation and erosion patterns were translated into an emergent modeling methodology that landscape architects and allied professionals could use to test a design concept through iterative, accurate portrayals of environmental systems.

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Ackerman, Aidan C.S.; Cave, Jonathan. 2018. Modeling Coastal Sedimentation and Erosion for Design Applications within the Fields of Landscape Architecture and Architecture. In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 262-269.

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