Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Characterizing patterns and drivers of land use/land cover change along the Atlantic coast barrier beaches: Examining the roles of development pressure, spatial accessibility, and policy
by Bennett, Andrew T., Ph.D., East Carolina University, 2013, 175; 3564476
Abstract (Summary)

Within the context of land change science coastal areas are often overlooked. Coastal areas around the world and within the U.S. represent the largest concentrations of people, development, and wealth. Natural, social, spatial, and policy processes operating on barrier beaches make them dynamic regions in which to observe land use and land cover change. The U.S. Atlantic Coast represents one of the world's largest continuous chains of barrier beaches. Understanding the makeup, drivers, and uses of these landscapes is important to understanding how humans have impacted these environments through processes of land conversion to developed use. Place-based classification of these environments and quantitative and qualitative analysis of drivers and trajectories of development can provide coastal managers insight into how these dynamic regions operate as examples of coupled natural human systems. This has the potential to both change and create new policies tailored to this region. The study will accomplish the following (1) Perform a quantitative descriptive analysis creating a typology of barrier beach types for the Atlantic Coast; (2) Develop quantitative statistical models explaining rates of developed land use conversion for barrier beaches that incorporates theories, tests hypothesis, and applies methods from Land Change Science; (3) Develop a new theoretical model of coastal restructuring that is applied to a localized place-based analyses of selected barrier beach places. In accomplishing these tasks a new understanding of coastal barrier beach land use land cover change is created. This allows for better understanding of the processes and influences that act upon barrier beaches.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crawford, Thomas W.
Commitee: Allen, Thomas R., Marcucci, Daniel J., Reyes, Enrique, Van Holt, Tracy
School: East Carolina University
Department: Coastal Resources Management
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-B 74/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Physical geography, Environmental management, Land Use Planning
Keywords: Atlantic coast barrier beaches, Barrier beach typology, Beach communities, Coastal restructuring, Drivers, Land cover change
Publication Number: 3564476
ISBN: 978-1-303-13390-9
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