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Mapping and analyzing the Florida Reef Tract in Palm Beach County in relation to major storm events in a GIS database

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Date Issued:
2011
Summary:
The Florida Reef Tract in Southeast Florida is made up of hard-bottom formations. The shape and size of the tract is constantly changing. One major factor contributing to these changes is the movement of sand. This is influenced by location-based, human-induced, and natural factors. These shifting sands cover or uncover reef structure. Images of the Florida Reef Tract in Palm Beach County were analyzed by the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University, using a partially automated method of mapping. There are notable changes in reef structure throughout the years 2004-2006, in which many major storm events occurred in the region. A time series analysis was conducted throughout these years. Losses and gains of reef structure were quantified and compared throughout the county as a whole, in beach renourishment project areas, and inlet intervals. Trends suggest that the major storms of 2004-2006 may have had effects on the reef tract.
Title: Mapping and analyzing the Florida Reef Tract in Palm Beach County in relation to major storm events in a GIS database.
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Name(s): Pitti, Joseph G.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Department of Geosciences
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Physical Form: electronic
Extent: xiii, 122 p. : ill. (some col.), maps
Language(s): English
Summary: The Florida Reef Tract in Southeast Florida is made up of hard-bottom formations. The shape and size of the tract is constantly changing. One major factor contributing to these changes is the movement of sand. This is influenced by location-based, human-induced, and natural factors. These shifting sands cover or uncover reef structure. Images of the Florida Reef Tract in Palm Beach County were analyzed by the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University, using a partially automated method of mapping. There are notable changes in reef structure throughout the years 2004-2006, in which many major storm events occurred in the region. A time series analysis was conducted throughout these years. Losses and gains of reef structure were quantified and compared throughout the county as a whole, in beach renourishment project areas, and inlet intervals. Trends suggest that the major storms of 2004-2006 may have had effects on the reef tract.
Identifier: 739098672 (oclc), 3172425 (digitool), FADT3172425 (IID), fau:3654 (fedora)
Note(s): by Joseph G. Pitti.
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2011.
Includes bibliography.
Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2011. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject(s): Continental shelf -- Florida -- Palm Beach County -- Mapping
Geographic information systems
Coral reef ecology
Environmental geology
Coral reefs and islands -- Florida -- Palm Beach County
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/FAU/3172425
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Owner Institution: FAU