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Coastal Resources

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. Current FGS projects in this research area include:


Geophysical Delineation of the Outer Continental Shelf of the East Coast of Florida

Contact: Dan Phelps

Readily available sub-bottom profiler data collected offshore of the east coast of Florida from the Florida-Georgia state line south to the Martin-Palm Beach County border were processed using Chesapeake Technology SonarWiz5® software. Digitization of the seafloor and the identification of the interpreted “top of rock” horizon for the area south of Cape Canaveral has been completed. Digitization of the seafloor and identification of the interpreted “top of rock” horizon for the area north of Cape Canaveral is currently underway. In the vicinity of Cape Canaveral, insufficient data were available to perform these analyses. Identification of “top of rock” was and is being accomplished by: 1) correlating seismic data to individual vibracores, 2) analyzing variations in seismic reflection intensity, and 3) seismic stratigraphic analysis. From the digitized surfaces of the seabed and “top of rock,” the thickness of unconsolidated sediments in the study area has been and will continue to be tabulated line by line. Maps of the seafloor bathymetry, “top of rock” and unconsolidated sediment thickness for the region south of Cape Canaveral have been completed. Maps of the seafloor bathymetry, “top of rock” and unconsolidated sediment thickness for the region north of Cape Canaveral are in preparation.



Below are a list of annual, interim, and summary reports for coastal research completed by the Florida Geological Survey. 


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Northeast Coast Deliverable Reports

A geologic investigation of the offshore areas along Florida’s north east coast (yr 1 interim report 2002-2003).

Daniel C. Phelps, P.G. #1203, Ron Hoenstine, P.G., James H. Balsillie, P.G. Lucien J. Ladner, P.G., Adel Dabous, Michelle Lachance and Cindy Fischler

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2003

Annual Report

A geologic investigation of the offshore areas along Florida’s northeast coast (yr 2 interim report 2003-2004).

Daniel C. Phelps, Ronald W. Hoenstine Jr., James H. Balsillie, Lucien J. Ladner, Adel Dabous, Michelle Lachance, Kristin Bailey, and Cindy Fischler

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2004

Annual Report

A geologic investigation of the offshore areas along Florida’s northeast coast (yr 3 interim report 2004-2005).

Daniel C. Phelps (P.G. # 1203), Ronald W. Hoenstine, Jr., Lucien J. Ladner, James H. Balsillie, Adel A. Dabous, James G. Sparr and Michelle M. Lachance

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2005

Annual Report

A geological investigation of the offshore areas along Florida's northeast coast (State Fiscal Year 2005-2006).

Daniel C. Phelps (P.G. # 1203), Michelle M. Lachance, James G. Sparr, and Adel A. Dabous

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2006

Annual Report

A geological investigation of the offshore federal area along the coasts of Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties of Florida (State Fiscal Year 2006-2007)

Daniel C. Phelps, (P.G. #1203), Lucien J. Ladner, (P.G. # 1726), Michelle M. Lachance, James G. Sparr, and Adel A. Dabous

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2007

Annual Report

A geological investigation of the offshore area along Florida’s northeast coast (yr 5 annual report 2010-2011)

Daniel C. Phelps, (P.G. #1203), Michelle M. L. Ladle, and Adel A. Dabous

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2011

Annual Report

Beach Sediment Atlas Publications

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

Daniel C. Phelps (P.G. # 1203), Michelle M. L. Ladle, and Adel A. Dabous

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ROSSI

2009

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

Daniel C. Phelps, Michelle M. L. Ladle, Adel A. Dabous and Eric P. Harrington

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ROSSI

2010

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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ROSSI

2011

Central East Coast Publications

A geological investigation of the offshore area along Florida's central east coast (yr 1 report)

Freedenberg, H.

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1995

OFR 69 / ROI 101

A geological investigation of the offshore area along Florida's central east coast (yr 1 interim report)

Freedenberg, H. and R. Hoenstine

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1995

Interim Report -ROI 101

A geological investigation of the offshore area along Florida's central east coast (yr 1 interim report)

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

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1995

Annual Report -  ROI 101

A geological investigation of the offshore area along Florida's central east coast (yr 2 annual report)

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

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1997

Annual Report - ROI 101

A geological investigation of the offshore areas along Florida's central east coast (yr 3 annual report)

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

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1999

Annual Report - ROI 101

A geological investigation of the offshore areas along Florida's central east coast (yr 4 annual report)

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

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2000

Annual Report -  ROI 101

A geological investigation of the offshore areas along Florida's central east coast (final summary report)

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

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2002

Final Summary Report - ROI 101

CAMA Reports

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

Daniel C. Phelps (P.G. # 1203), Ronald W. Hoenstine Jr., James Sparr, and David S. Anderson

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2006

DVD? FWC Archive

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

Daniel C. Phelps, Michelle M. L. Ladle and James G. Sparr

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2008

DVD? FWC Archive

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

Daniel C. Phelps (P.G. # 1203), Ronald W. Hoenstine Jr., James H. Balsillie, Lucien J. Ladner, James Sparr, David S. Anderson, Michelle Lachance and Julian Stringer

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2017

DVD? FWC Archive

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