Accession Number:

ADA272905

Title:

Evolution of Popponesset Beach and Its Effects on Popponesset Bay

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

COASTAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

48.0

Abstract:

Popponesset Beach is an approximately 1 -mile-long barrier beach or spit fronting Popponesset Bay located on Nantucket Sound in Mashpee, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Popponesset Spit has experienced dramatic changes in the last 40 years, beginning with a major breach in 1954, which resulted from a series of hurricanes Carol, Edna, and Hazel. Breaches near Popponesset Island, Little Thatch Island, and Big Thatch Island were observed at various times between 1892 and 1991. The main purpose of the study was to determine the likelihood of a breach of Popponesset Spit and the impact in terms of water quality, storm protection, and navigation of breaching andor slow degradation of the spit on Popponesset Bay. A review of historical information pertaining to the evolution of Popponesset Spit and an analyticalempirical desktop analysis were performed. Breach, Popponesset, Cape cod, Spit, Mashpee, Storm protection. Massachusetts,

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE