US Bureau of Land Management
Effects of Storm Surges on the Beaufort Sea Coast, Northern Alaska
In 1970 a major storm surge caused by gale force westerly winds inundated low lying tundra plains and deltas as far as 5000m inland and left a driftwood line as much as 3.4m above normal sea level along the Beaufort Sea coast. Coastal retreat and thermoerosion are accelerated and sediment transport altered. Evidence suggests an approximate 100 year recurrence interval for similar surges with potential for damaging the oil fields of the North Slope.
Reimnitz, E. and D.K.Maurer. 1979. Effects of Storm Surges on the Beaufort Sea Coast- Northern Alaska. Arctic, Vol.32, No.4, pp329-344.
Data and Resources
End Date: 1979/12/01
Data Types: Report