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.
Panhandle Coast Publications
A Sedimentological and Granulometric Atlas of the Beach Sediments of Florida’s Northwest Coast and Big Bend
Daniel C. Phelps, Michelle M. L. Ladle and Adel A. Dabous
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