Mississippi State University
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
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.
McKee, Jared Kyle, "Evaluation Of Erosional Forcings Of A Beach/Berm/Wetland System And Applicable Restoration Technologies" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 2019.