Living on the Edge of the Gulf: The West Florida and Alabama Coast (Living with the Shore)

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9780822325338: Living on the Edge of the Gulf: The West Florida and Alabama Coast (Living with the Shore)

The Gulf coast of Florida and Alabama is a fragile combination of barrier islands, low-lying marshes, and highly erodable mainland shores. In addition to sea-level rise, winter storms, and altered sediment supplies, hurricanes frequently damage or destroy the human developments and infrastructures that line this coast. Indeed, a single storm can cause billions of dollars in losses. Memories of such hurricanes as Camille, Frederic, Opal, and Andrew cause great concern for residents and property owners alike; events of equal magnitude are always just beyond the horizon and the uninformed have much to lose.
The authors of Living on the Edge of the Gulf seek to counteract potential loss by providing an illustrated introduction to coastal processes, a history of hazards for the region, and risk-reduction guidance in the form of site evaluations, community mitigation techniques, and storm-resistant construction practices. Risk maps that focus on individual coastal beaches are designed to assist property owners, community planners, and officials in prudent decision making, while a review of coastal regulations helps owners to understand and navigate various permit requirements.
This latest book in the Living with the Shore series replaces the earlier guide Living with the West Florida Shore and supplements the Alabama portion of Living with the Alabama/Mississippi Shore.

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About the Author:

David M. Bush is Associate Professor of Geology at State University of West Georgia.

Norma J. Longo is a geologist who lives in Durham, North Carolina.

William J. Neal is Professor of Geology at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

Luciana S. Esteves is a coastal geologist who lives in Brazil.

Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Emeritus, at Duke University.

Deborah F. Pilkey is an engineer who lives in Simi Valley, California.

Review:

"The Gulf coast of Florida and Alabama is a fragile combination of barrier islands, low-lying marshes, and highly erodible mainland shores. This book lists the risks to this zone and provides guidance for property owners, community planners and officials to reduce the damage."
--Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment

"[A]n important message. . . . [T]heir maps provide useful information about geographic variations in risk for site selection, hazards reduction, and planning. . . . [T]his is a welcome addition to the literature for someone doing coastal or hazards research, teaching, or planning in the northeastern zone of the Gulf Coast."
--Joann Mossa, "Annals of the Association of American Geographers"

""Living on the Edge of the Gulf" provides a comprehensive, nontechnical overview of the hazards of living along the west Florida and Alabama coast, along with guidance to current and future residents in protecting themselves and their property. . . . [I]nofrmative, interesting, and readable . . . . [T]he book has many useful maps and illustrations . . . . [A] useful guide for visitors, helping them understand risks when choosing where to stay and when deciding how early to evacuate if a major storm is forcast."
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--Rebecca E. Morss, "Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society"

"The coastal areas covered in this book are highly susceptible to severe hurricane damage. Recent storms (particularly Andrew and Opal) have been especially devastating, but have also provided clues to better methods of damage mitigation and coastline protection. The authors here explore numerous aspects of this topic, including construction techniques, shoreline engineering, and coastal regulations. They discuss the natural processes that lead to these disasters and look back at the history of storms in the region. A valuable feature of this work is an analysis of the susceptibility of specific beaches along the Gulf to storm damage."
--American Meteorological Society Bulletin

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