Case Studies in Earth & Environmental Science Journalism

Coastal Zone Management:

Erosion and Development on Long Island's South Shore.


Questions to Ponder and Discuss



Background information:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, "Fast Facts".

Leatherman, S. P., 1988, Barrier Island Handbook: College Park, MD, University of Maryland, pp. 1-3, 38-39, 41-58.

Beatley, T., Brower, D. J., and Schwab, A. K., 1994, An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management: Washington, D.C., Island Press,. pp. 55-102.

New York Department of State., Division of Coastal Resources web site.

McCormick, Larry, Pilkey Jr., O., Neal, W., Pilkey Sr., O. 1984. Living with Long Island's south shore: Durham, North Carolina, Duke University Press. Pp. 27-40.


Scientific Papers: West Hampton Dunes

Wolff, F., 1989, An environmental assessment of human interference on the natural processes affecting the barrier beaches of Long Island, New York: Northeastern Environmental Science, v. 8, no. 2, p. 119-134.

Terchunian, A. V., and Merkert, C. L., 1994, Like Pikes Inlet, Westhampton, New York: Journal of Coastal Research, v. 11, no. 3, p. 687-703.

Spencer, B., and Terchunian, A. V., 1997, The sand thieves of Long Island's South Shore: Shore and Beach, v. 65, no. 3, p. 4-12.


Popular Articles: West Hampton Dunes

Dean, C., 1999, Against the Tide: The Battle for America’s Beaches, New York, Columbia University Press, p. 36-43.

Nordheimer, J., 1992, Experts Say Storm Left Coastal Area Highly Vulnerable, New York Times, p. A1+, December 21, 1992.

McDonald, J., 1992, The East End's Atlantis, Newsday, p. 57., December 27, 1992.

Puzzanghera, J., 1992, No Cure for the Coast: A Storm Reshapes Long Island Beaches, and the Debate on Shielding Them, Newsday, p. 4, December 27, 1992.

Karas, N., 1993, Outdoors Changes Aplenty Around LI Waters, Newsday, p. 116, April 20, 1993.

McDonald, J., 1993, 1,800-Foot Dikes Slated for Little Pike, Newsday, p. 26, April 29, 1993.

Wolff, F., 1993, Houses on Barrier Beaches Can't Escape Their Geology, Newsday, p. 99+, July 8, 1993.

Soteropoulos, J., 1993a, L.I.'s Shore Mad Desperate Home Buyers Denied Insurance After Storm, Newsday, p. 27, July 21, 1993. Soteropoulos, J., 1993b, The State, Insurer of Last Resort, Newsday, p. 27, July 21, 1993.

Anonymous, 1993, Repairing a Beach, and Building Another, on L.I., New York Times, p. B1, August 27, 1993.

Shellbach, P., 1994, Newest Village is a Ghost Town, New York Times; Long Island Weekly, p. 6, January 23, 1994.

McQuiston, J. T., 1994, U.S. to Spend $80 Million to Restore Barrier Island, New York Times, p. B6, November 1, 1994.

Kane, J., 1994, Here's the Right Way to Restore Westhampton Barrier Island, New York Times, p. Letter to the Editor, November 2, 1994.

McDonald, J., 1994, West Hampton Dunes a Reality Village rises from damage of Dune Road, Newsday, p. A21, June 1, 1994.

Freedman, M., 1995, Eroded Fire Islanders Sue for Sand, Newsday, p. A13, July 4, 1995.

McGinn, S., 1995, 28 in Newest Village Want Out, Newsday, p. A29, January 19, 1995.

Rather, J., 1995, Defenders of Coast Girding for Storms, New York Times, Long Island Weekly Desk, p. 1, August 27, 1995.

Rather, J., 1996, Coastal Geologist Questions Plan for Restoration of Barrier Beach, New York Times, Long Island Edition, p. 8, March 24, 1996.

Shaman, D., 1996, In the Region/Long Island: Restoring a Storm-Ravaged Barrier Beach Village, New York Times, p. 9, May 5, 1996.

Ketcham, D., 1997, About Long Island; From the Dunes, A Village Emerges, New York Times; Long Island Weekly Desk, p. 1, January 26, 1997.

Tyler, J., 1997, Back to the Beach, Newsday, p. C02, October 17, 1997.

Riley, J., 1998, Shoreline in Peril, Newsday, p. A08, August 18, 1998.


Popular Articles: General

Hanley, R., 1998, As Beaches Erode, A Debate on Who'll Pay for Repairs, New York Times, p. A1+, April 20, 1998.

Luoma, J. R., 1998, Oceanfront Battlefront: Audubon, July-August 1998, p. 50-56.


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