Welcome to the PSDS Online Beach Nourishment Experience. This site provides a user-friendly portal for accessing, viewing and downloading PSDS’ beach nourishment database: a 25-year research and data collection effort that, to the best of our knowledge, represents the most comprehensive compilation of beach nourishment history in the United States.
Under constant revision, the PSDS beach nourishment database contains attribute information on the general location of sand placement, primary funding source and funding type, volume of sediment emplacement (in cubic yards), length of beach nourished (in feet) and cost and inflated cost for 2,054 identified beach nourishment episodes dating back to 1923.
For the sake of consistency and clarification, please note that we consider any action that places sand on a beach to be a nourishment episode rather than a nourishment project. This terminology helps differentiate between a discrete emplacement of sand and a US Army Corps of Engineers’ shore protection/beach nourishment project that can involve multiple nourishment episodes and last up to 50 years.
Also note that, due to inconsistent recordkeeping and the availability of data, complete information is unavailable for many nourishment episodes. Please feel free to let us know if you discover an error or have info you’d like us to include.
As scientific advocates, our goal in making this data available is to provide a source of objective, comprehensive beach nourishment information to all stakeholders involved in responsible, equitable and sustainable coastal environmental management. Coastal planners, legislators, lobbyists, community members, coastal residents, researchers, local policy analysts, decision makers, engineers and students will find this site useful, considering the multitude of disparate sources from which the data has been obtained.
Andrew Coburn - Associate Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines who is currently developing and maintaining the beach nourishment database at Western Carolina University.
Dr. Robert Young - Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, a joint Duke University/Western Carolina University venture. He is also a Professor of Coastal Geology at Western Carolina University and a licensed professional geologist in three states (FL, NC, SC).
Alex Oberhofer - Senior Computer Science major at Western Carolina University and current member of the web development team for the Beach Nourishment project.
Tommy Ho - Senior Computer Science major at Western Carolina University and former member of the web development team for the Beach Nourishment project.
Paul Raiche - Senior Computer Science major at Western Carolina University and former member of the web development team for the Beach Nourishment project.
Dr. Mark Holliday - Computer science professor at Western Carolina University and supervisor of web development for the Beach Nourishment Project.