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Title: Beach changes at Milford and Fairfield beaches, Connecticut, 1962-1971
Authors: United States. Army. Office of the Chief of Engineers.
Science Applications International Corporation
Morton, Robert W.
Bohlen, W. Frank.
Aubrey, David G.
Keywords: Beach profiles
Fairfield Beach (Conn)
Milford Beach (Conn)
Shore protection
Publisher: Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Miscellaneous paper
Abstract: Beach profile line data collected as part o the Beach Evaluat1on Program were examined for sites located at Milford and Fairfield, Connecticut. A total of seven profile lines were examined using standard measurements such as mean sea level intercept, above mean sea level volume, and linear wave refraction plots, as well as empirical eigenfunction analyses. All these method showed erosion at all the lines at Milford, while Fairfield showed accretion at two out of three lines. Erosion rates for both beaches varied from 0.096 to 2.886 meters per year. The most significant factors affecting the short-term variability in beach volume are storm activity and wind direction. Each of the beaches is affected by longshore transport; however, transport at Milford is limited due to high-density shorefront housing and associated roads and seawalls. Fairfield favors northeast transport, but rates are unknown. Sediment supply for the beaches is limited, but both beaches are subject to onshore-offshore sediment transport. Neither of the beaches showed any significant seasonal changes. The characteristics of the Connecticut beaches differ markedly from other, less sheltered beaches studied in this program, as they appear relatively stable and dominated by long-term trends.
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