A thorough understanding of coastal processes is critical to maintaining Alabama’s gulf-front beaches on Dauphin Island and Baldwin County, which contribute significantly to the local and state economies (Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau).
The AL Dept. of Conserv. & Nat. Res. - State Lands, Lands Division, Coastal Section and the Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA), initiated a cooperative project, the “Gulf-fronting Shoreline Monitoring Program,” to compile historic information and acquire new data to refine our understanding of beach and littoral zone morphological change in response to natural, catastrophic, and engineered processes.