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Coastal Research

Florida has 1,350 miles of coastline - more than any other state in the continental United States. This coastline includes world-famous beaches as well as 25 percent of the country’s environmentally sensitive wetlands, all of which represent a major economic draw for a state tourism industry that drew 131 million visitors and generated $89 billion in visitor spending in 2017. Hurricanes and strong winter storms coupled with sea-level rise cause substantial erosion to Florida’s coastline resulting in the need for increased resilience. The Florida Geological Survey’s 55-foot research vessel the R/V GeoExplorer is capable of conducting multi-day offshore cruises to collect various types of data.  The FGS also has sedimentological labs and sample processing capabilities that can be applied to many issues ranging from grain-size analysis of beach restoration sediment to identification of offshore economic mineral deposits.  The FGS also partners with local, state and federal partners to conduct mutually beneficial coastal and offshore research that maximizes resources and minimizes cost.  


 



The Florida Geological Survey (FGS) is often awarded contracts and grants to advance Florida geoscience research.  All final report deliverables for these projects are reviewed by subject matter experts and are of scientific value. Typically, deliverables undergo additional rigorous peer-review to become an FGS publication; however, due to project scope, resources, and other circumstances, this is not always the case.  To improve discoverability, below is a list of coastal research reports completed by the FGS.

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Panhandle Coast Publications

 

A Sedimentological and Granulometric Atlas of the Beach Sediments of Florida’s Northwest Coast and Big Bend

Phelps, D.C., Ladle, M.M.L., Dabous, A.A., and Harrington, E.P.

ROSSI

2011

Phelps, D.C., Ladle, M.M.L., Dabous, A.A., and Harrington, E.P., 2011, A Sedimentological and Granulometric Atlas of the Beach Sediments of Florida’s Northwest Coast and Big Bend: A report submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 31 p., http://rossi.urs-tally.com/docs/Beach_Atlas_Panhandle_2011/report.pdf (accessed [date]).

Northeast Coast Deliverable Reports

 

A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Northeast Coast (YR 5 Annual Report 2010-2011)

Phelps, D.C., Ladle, M.M.L., and Dabous, A.A.

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2011

Annual Report

Phelps, D.C., Ladle, M.M.L., and Dabous, A.A., 2011, A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Northeast Coast, Year 2011 (State Fiscal Year 2011-2012): Annual report submitted to the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement, 19 p., https://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/Geological_Investigations/Coasta... (accessed [date]).

A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Federal Area Along the Coasts of Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties of Florida (State Fiscal Year 2006-2007)

Phelps, D.C., Ladner, L.J., Lachance, M.M., Sparr, J.G., and Dabous, A.A.

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2007

Annual Report

Phelps, D.C., Ladner, L.J., Lachance, M.M., Sparr, J.G., and Dabous, A.A., 2007, A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Federal Area Along the Coasts of Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties of Florida (State Fiscal Year 2006-2007): Annual report submitted to the United States Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service, 13 p., https://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/Geological_Investigations/Coasta... (accessed [date]).

A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Areas Along Florida's Northeast Coast Year Four (State Fiscal Year 2005-2006).

Phelps, D.C., Lachance, M.M., Sparr, J.G., and Dabous, A.A.

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2006

Annual Report

Phelps, D.C., Lachance, M.M., Sparr, J.G., and Dabous, A.A., 2006, A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida's Northeast Coast Year Four (State Fiscal Year 2005-2006): Annual report submitted to the United States Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service, 22 p., https://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/Geological_Investigations/Coasta... (accessed [date]).

A Geologic Investigation of the Offshore Areas Along Florida’s Northeast Coast (YR 3 Interim Report 2004-2005).

Phelps, D.C., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Ladner, L.J., Balsillie, J.H., Dabous, A.A., Sparr, J.G., and Lachance, M.M.

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2005

Annual Report

Phelps, D.C., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Ladner, L.J., Balsillie, J.H., Dabous, A.A., Sparr, J.G., and Lachance, M.M., 2005, A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida's Northeast Coast Year Three (State Fiscal Year 2004-2005): Annual report submitted to the United States Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service, 19 p., https://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/Geological_Investigations/Coasta... (accessed [date]).

A Geologic Investigation of the Offshore Areas Along Florida’s Northeast Coast (YR 2 Interim Report 2003-2004).

Phelps, D.C., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Balsillie, J.H., Ladner, L.J., Dabous, Lachance, M.M., Bailey, K., and Fischler, C.

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2004

Annual Report

Phelps, D.C., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Balsillie, J.H., Ladner, L.J., Dabous, Lachance, M.M., Bailey, K., and Fischler, C., 2004, A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida's Northeast Coast Year Two (State Fiscal Year 2003-2004): Annual report submitted to the United States Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service, 20 p., https://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/Geological_Investigations/Coasta... (accessed [date]).

A Geologic Investigation of the Offshore Areas Along Florida’s Northeast Coast (YR 1 Interim Report 2002-2003).

Phelps, D.C., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Balsillie, J.H., Ladner, L.J., Dabous, Lachance, M.M., and Fischler, C.

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2003

Annual Report

Phelps, D.C., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Balsillie, J.H., Ladner, L.J., Dabous, Lachance, M.M., and Fischler, C., 2003, A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida's Northeast Coast Year One (State Fiscal Year 2002-2003): Annual report submitted to the United States Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service, 14 p., https://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/Geological_Investigations/Coasta... (accessed [date]).

Central East Coast Publications

 

A Geological Investigation of Sand Resources in the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Central-East Coast (Final Summary Report)

Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Freedenberg, H., Dabous, A.A., Cross, B., Fischler, C., and Lachance, M.M.

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2002

Final Summary Report - ROI 101

Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Freedenberg, H., Dabous, A.A., Cross, B., Fischler, C., and Lachance, M.M., 2002, A Geological Investigation of Sand Resources in the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Central-East Coast: A final report of the draft submitted to the U.S. Department of Interior, Minerals Management Services 2002: Florida Geological Survey Report of Investigation 101, 14 p., https://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/Geological_Investigations/Coasta... (accessed [date]).

A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Central East Coast (YR 4 Annual Report)

Freedenberg, H., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Dabous, A.A., Cross, B., Willett, A., LaChance, M.M., Fischler, C., and Stern, J.

BOEM.gov

2000

Annual Report -  ROI 101

Freedenberg, H., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Dabous, A.A., Cross, B., Willett, A., LaChance, M.M., Fischler, C., and Stern, J., 2000, A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Areas Along Florida’s Central East Coast Year 4: Annual report submitted to the United States Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service, 602 p., https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/non-energy-minerals/FL_2000_Fre... (accessed [date]).

A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Central East Coast (YR 3 Annual Report)

Freedenberg, H., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Dabous, A.A., Cross, B., Willett, A., LaChance, M.M., Chen, Z., and Strong, N.

BOEM.gov

1999

Annual Report - ROI 101

Freedenberg, H., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Dabous, A.A., Cross, B., Willett, A., LaChance, M.M., Chen, Z., and Strong, N., 1999, A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Areas Along Florida’s Central East Coast Year 3: Annual report submitted to the United States Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service, 448 p., https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/non-energy-minerals/FL_1999_Fre... (accessed [date]).

A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Central East Coast (YR 2 Annual Report)

Freedenberg, H., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Strong, N., Trimble, C., Chen, Z., and Dabous, A.A.

BOEM.gov

1997

Annual Report - ROI 101

Freedenberg, H., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Strong, N., Trimble, C., Chen, Z., and Dabous, A.A., 1997, A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Central East Coast Year 2: Annual report submitted to the United States Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service, 346 p., https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/non-energy-minerals/FL_1997_Fre... (accessed [date]).

A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Central East Coast (YR 1 Report)

Freedenberg, H., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Chen, Z., and Williams, H.

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1995

OFR 69 / ROI 101

Freedenberg, H., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Chen, Z., and Williams, H., 1995, A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Central East Coast Year 1: Florida Geological Survey Open-File Report 69, 97 p., http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/FGS_Publications/OFR/OFRPRIDE/OFR... (accessed [date]).

A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Central East Coast (YR 1 Interim Report)

Freedenberg, H., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Highley, A.B., and Williams, H.

BOEM.gov

1995

Interim Report -ROI 101

Freedenberg, H., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Highley, A.B., and Williams, H., 1995, A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Central East Coast Year 1 (Contract Period July 1, 1995 through October 30, 1995): Interim Report to the United States Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service, 151 p., https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/non-energy-minerals/FL_1995_Fre... (accessed [date]).

A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Central East Coast Year 1 (Contract Period July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1995)

Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Freedenberg, H., Chen, Z., and Williams, H.

BOEM.gov

1995

Annual Report -  ROI 101

Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Freedenberg, H., Chen, Z., and Williams, H., 1995, A Geological Investigation of the Offshore Area Along Florida’s Central East Coast Year 1 (Contract Period July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1995): Annual Report to the United States Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service, 769 p., https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/non-energy-minerals/FL_1995_Hoe... (accessed [date]).

Beach Sediment Atlas Publications

 

A Sedimentological and Granulometric Atlas of the Beach Sediments of Florida’s Southwest Coast and Keys

Phelps, D.C., Ladle, M.M.L., and Dabous, A.A.

ROSSI

2010

Phelps, D.C., Ladle, M.M.L., and Dabous, A.A., 2010, A Sedimentological and Granulometric Atlas of the Beach Sediments of Florida’s Southwest Coast and Keys: A report submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 46 p., http://rossi.urs-tally.com/docs/Beach_Atlas_Southwest_2010/report.pdf (accessed [date]).

A Sedimentological and Granulometric Atlas of the Beach Sediments of Florida’s East Coast 

Phelps, D.C., Ladle, M.M.L., and Dabous, A.A.

ROSSI

2009

Phelps, D.C., Ladle, M.M.L., and Dabous, A.A., 2009, A Sedimentological and Granulometric Atlas of the Beach Sediments of Florida’s East Coast: A report submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 31 p., http://rossi.urs-tally.com/docs/Beach_Atlas_East_2009/report.pdf (accessed [date]).

Coastal Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA) Reports

 

A Mapping Side Scan Mosaic and Bathymetric Study of a Selected Portion of Apalachee Bay

Phelps, D.C., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Balsillie, J.H., Ladner, L.J., Sparr, J.G., Anderson, D.S., Lachance, M.M., and Stringer, J.

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2017

Phelps, D.C., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Balsillie, J.H., Ladner, L.J., Sparr, J., Anderson, D.S., Lachance, M.M., and Stringer, J., 2005, A Mapping Side Scan Sonar Mosaic and Bathymetric Study of a Selected Portion of Apalachee Bay: A report submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas, 15 p., https://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/Geological_Investigations/Coasta... (accessed [date]).

A geological and Geophysical Site Survey of Deadman’s Island, and Old Navy Cove at Gulf Breeze, Florida

Phelps, D.C., Ladle, M.M. L., and Sparr, J.G.

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2008

Phelps, D.C., Ladle, M.M. L., and Sparr, J.G., 2008, A Geological and Geophysical Site Survey of Deadman’s Island and Old Navy Cove at Gulf Breeze, Florida: A report submitted to the City of Gulf Breeze, Florida, 12 p., https://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/Geological_Investigations/Coasta... (accessed [date]).

A Mapping Sidescan Sonar Mosaic and Bathymetric Study of a Selected Portion of Deadman Bay Offshore of Steinhatchee, Florida

Phelps, D.C., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Sparr, J., and Anderson, D.S.

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2006

Phelps, D.C., Hoenstine, R.W., Jr., Sparr, J., and Anderson, D.S., 2006, A Mapping Side Scan Sonar Mosaic and Bathymetric Study of a Selected Portion of Deadman Bay Offshore of Steinhatchee, Florida: A report submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas, https://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/FGS/Geological_Investigations/Coasta... (accessed [date]).
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