US Bureau of Land Management

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.

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Status: Local
Type: Data
End Date: 1979/12/01
Data Types: Report
Primary Agency
US Bureau of Land Management
Type
Federal

ISO Topics
geoscientificInformation

Geo-keywords
Alaska, Northslope Borough

Source Portal
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Direct Record Link
http://northern.epscor.alaska.edu/catalogs/249-effects-of-storm-surges-on-the-beaufort-sea-coa
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