Accession Number : AD0467011

Title :   THE SHORES OF MEGALOPOLIS: COASTAL OCCUPANCE AND HUMAN ADJUSTMENT TO FLOOD HAZARD.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : THORNTHWAITE (C W) ASSOCIATES ELMER NJ LAB OF CLIMATOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Burton, Ian ; Kates, Robert W. ; Mather, John R. ; Snead, Rodman E.

Report Date : 30 JUL 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : This is a study of the human use of the outer coastal areas as related to storm hazard. Fifteen study sites were chosen along the east coast of the United States from Maine to South Carolina for intensive investigation. These studies have provided information on the geographic extent, magnitude, and rates of increase of human occupance of the outer coastal areas, the distribution and characteristics of coastal activity and settlement found within zones of varying hazard, the process of coastal settlement, development, and growth, and the relationship between varying topographic characteristics and coastal hazard. The report includes a study of coastal storm hazards, the variation in storm frequency and intensity with time, and an estimate of relative storm hazard by 25-mile segments along the east coast. Study of human adjustments to coastal flooding of Federal, state, local, and individual levels reveals the present state of our understanding about and responses to storm hazards and suggests possible future adjustments. The report concludes with brief suggestions for regulation of the type of coastal occupance by certain broad hazard zones in an effort to limit the creation of future areas of high damage potential. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*FLOODS, URBAN AREAS), (*COASTAL REGIONS, FLOODS), STORMS, URBAN PLANNING, HAZARDS, ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), EMOTIONS, DAMAGE, BEACHES, POPULATION.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE