Cyclical Behavior of the Tidal Inlet at Nauset Beach, Chatham, Massachusetts

  • Graham S. Giese
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 29)


Study of historical data concerning shoreline forms and change on southeastern Cape Cod over the past 200 years revealed a cyclical pattern of change in the barrier beach system off Chatham, Massachusetts, with a period of approximately 150 years. Based on the observed patterns and deductions concerning the processes controlling those patterns, predictions of breaching of the barrier beach and new inlet formation were provided to local coastal resource managers, reducing the negative impacts accompanying the formation of the new inlet when it eventually occurred.


Wave Action Army Corps Tidal Flow Shoreline Change Sand Transport 
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  • Graham S. Giese
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  1. 1.Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA

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