Barrier Islands: Coupling Anthropogenic Stability with Ecological Sustainability
Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Barrier islands provide a host of critical ecosystem services to heavily populated coastal regions of the world yet they are quite vulnerable to ongoing sea level rise and a potential increase in the frequency and intensity of oceanic storms These islands are being degraded at an alarming rate in part because of anthropogenic attempts at stabilization In this article we outline a possible sustainability strategy that incorporates the natural degree of substrate instability on these sedimentary landscapes We recommend placing the focus for managing barrier islands on maintaining ecosystem function and process development rather than emphasizing barrier islands as structural impediments to wave and storm energy
Journal of Coastal Research
Feagin, R. A.,
Smith, W. K.,
Psuty, N. P.,
Young, D. R.,
Martínez, M. L.,
Carter, G. A.,
Gibeaut, J. C.,
Gemma, J. N.,
Koske, R. E.
(2010). Barrier Islands: Coupling Anthropogenic Stability with Ecological Sustainability. Journal of Coastal Research, 26(6), 987-992.
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