Environmental Management

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 331-338

First online:

Vegetation changes along the United States east coast following the great storm of march 1962

  • P. Michael SchroederAffiliated withKetron, Inc.
  • , Bruce HaydenAffiliated withDepartment of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
  • , Robert DolanAffiliated withDepartment of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

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Regional-scale vegetation changes on Assateague Island following overwash from the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 were investigated using historical aerial photography. Grasses and dunes were more abundant in 1974 in areas that were overwashed, whereas areas that were not overwashed have been more extensively colonized by shrubs. The increase in shrubs on Assateague Island is attributed to the absence of a subsequent storm overwash.

Key words

Coastal Storms Vegetation Changes Remote Sensing Overwash Geomorphology Succession Coastal Zone Management Assateague Island