Wave-emplaced boulders: implications for development of "prime real estate" seafront, North Coast Jamaica

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/600490
Title:
Wave-emplaced boulders: implications for development of "prime real estate" seafront, North Coast Jamaica
Authors:
Miller, Servel ( 0000-0002-3979-8510 ) ; Rowe, Deborah-Ann; Brown, L.; Mandal, Arpita
Abstract:
Jamaica has a long history of damage to the built environment in coastal areas due to storm surge and tsunami. However, there is limited scientific data to aid the establishment of minimal setback distances and to inform mitigation strategies. Developers of coastal area require cost-effective methods to guide their decisions and to develop mitigation strategies to reduce the potential risk posed to development. This paper explores the use of wave-emplaced boulders to determine the wave heights from historical storm surge/tsunami on the North Coast of Jamaica. As most of the study area was undeveloped priory to 1960, there are limited historical written records of storm surges and/or tsunami impact for this specific site. This research undertook geomorphic mapping of the proposed study area to determine the presence, location, spatial distribution, size, density and volume of wave emplaced boulders along a 2-km stretch of coastline earmarked for development. Based on the wave-emplaced boulders mapped, it was possible to determine the approximate wave heights associated with storms and/or tsunami required to deposit them. The implications for development are discussed. The study of wave-emplaced boulders has provided a rapid and cost-effective method to determine minimal setback distance and the approximate height of waves associated with storms and/or tsunami. The technique developed may be transferable to other areas of coastline earmarked for development along the Jamaican coastline
Affiliation:
University of Chester; University of the West Indies
Citation:
Miller, S., Rowe, D-A., Brown, L., & Mandal, A. (2013). Wave-emplaced boulders: implications for development of "prime real estate" seafront, North Coast Jamaica. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 73(1), 109-122. DOI: 10.1007/s10064-013-0517-0
Publisher:
Springer
Journal:
Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment
Publication Date:
17-Nov-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/600490
DOI:
10.1007/s10064-013-0517-0
Additional Links:
http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s10064-013-0517-0
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10064-013-0517-0
ISSN:
1435-9529
EISSN:
1435-9537
Appears in Collections:
Geography and Development Studies

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dc.contributor.authorMiller, Servelen
dc.contributor.authorRowe, Deborah-Annen
dc.contributor.authorBrown, L.en
dc.contributor.authorMandal, Arpitaen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-02T16:33:14Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-02T16:33:14Zen
dc.date.issued2013-11-17en
dc.identifier.citationMiller, S., Rowe, D-A., Brown, L., & Mandal, A. (2013). Wave-emplaced boulders: implications for development of "prime real estate" seafront, North Coast Jamaica. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 73(1), 109-122. DOI: 10.1007/s10064-013-0517-0en
dc.identifier.issn1435-9529en
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10064-013-0517-0en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/600490en
dc.descriptionThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10064-013-0517-0en
dc.description.abstractJamaica has a long history of damage to the built environment in coastal areas due to storm surge and tsunami. However, there is limited scientific data to aid the establishment of minimal setback distances and to inform mitigation strategies. Developers of coastal area require cost-effective methods to guide their decisions and to develop mitigation strategies to reduce the potential risk posed to development. This paper explores the use of wave-emplaced boulders to determine the wave heights from historical storm surge/tsunami on the North Coast of Jamaica. As most of the study area was undeveloped priory to 1960, there are limited historical written records of storm surges and/or tsunami impact for this specific site. This research undertook geomorphic mapping of the proposed study area to determine the presence, location, spatial distribution, size, density and volume of wave emplaced boulders along a 2-km stretch of coastline earmarked for development. Based on the wave-emplaced boulders mapped, it was possible to determine the approximate wave heights associated with storms and/or tsunami required to deposit them. The implications for development are discussed. The study of wave-emplaced boulders has provided a rapid and cost-effective method to determine minimal setback distance and the approximate height of waves associated with storms and/or tsunami. The technique developed may be transferable to other areas of coastline earmarked for development along the Jamaican coastlineen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringeren
dc.relation.urlhttp://link.springer.com/10.1007/s10064-013-0517-0en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environmenten
dc.subjectTsunamien
dc.subjectstorm surgeen
dc.subjectgeomorphic mappingen
dc.subjectbouldersen
dc.titleWave-emplaced boulders: implications for development of "prime real estate" seafront, North Coast Jamaicaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1435-9537en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; University of the West Indiesen
dc.identifier.journalBulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environmenten
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