Mississippi State University
Fulford, Charles Taze
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Landscape Architecture
Department of Landscape Architecture
The 42-kilometer beach in Harrison County, Mississippi necessitates continual re-nourishment projects to ensure its survival due to constant erosion events. The stability that the root structures of vegetated beaches provide have been shown to be a countermeasure to these erosion events. It has also been shown that the public will utilize landscapes that they find to be attractive. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis is to ascertain whether beach users find vegetated beaches more attractive than un-vegetated beaches. In several Harrison County communities, beach users were surveyed through the use of a Visual Preference Survey and an accompanying questionnaire to determine their opinions on the design of the beach, its design elements, and the purpose of those elements. Results were mixed, however it was determined that beach users found beaches vegetated with multiple types of florae to be more attractive than non-vegetated beaches.
Rayburn, Shelby Hooker, "Beach Users Perception of Design Alternatives of a Man Made Beach" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 854.