Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


McAnally, William

Committee Member

Martin, James

Committee Member

Douglass, Scott

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the local and regional processes causing the shoreline recession of an eroding beach/berm/wetland system on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. The analysis was then used to evaluate different technologies which could meld to create a holistic shoreline protection design to fortify the entire spectrum of the shoreline. Wind waves are the major erosional force causing a bi-directional, but southerly dominated, longshore transport and an erosional cross-shore transport during large wave events. Erosion mitigation technologies which promote ecological integrity are presented and include: oyster shell breakwaters, SAV establishment, intertidal grass plantings, and tree and shrub plantings. By combining these technologies, a plan which mitigates erosion as well as greatly increases the health of the local ecosystem can be formed. By fortifying in this manner the shoreline and its communities can be more resilient and prepared for future climatological changes and conditions.