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 represents a major economic draw for a state tourism industry that generated $89 billion in 2015. Hurricanes and strong winter storms can cause substantial erosion to Florida’s coastline, resulting in the need for beach restoration. The Florida Geological Survey conducts research on the distribution of offshore sand shoals that can be used as beach sand sources. The FGS also studies the response of coastal wetlands to sea level changes as well as locates and investigates offshore springs and karst features that may have once provided fresh water to estuaries.
Below is a list of annual, interim, and summary reports for coastal research completed by the Florida Geological Survey.
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
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.