A SCIENCE-BASED DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE ALONG NASA KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SHORELINE, CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA
To better understand the coastal geomorphology and patterns of shoreline accretion and retreat along the Cape Canaveral coast, a Coastal and Dune Vulnerability Team (CDVT) was initiated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and included the University of Florida (UF), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Innovative Health Applications (IHA), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), private engineering firms, and The United States Air Force (USAF). Since May 2009, the University of Florida along with the research team has assembled data on decadal to event-scale shoreline change (dGPS), beach and nearshore morphodynamics (dGPS and Argus), beach sedimentary character (grain size analysis), wave climate and transformation (ADCP), and inner shelf bathymetry (Echo Sounding) in an effort to assess dune vulnerability and flooding risk. In addition, SWAN numerical modeling simulations offer insight into the influence of irregular bathymetry (cape-associated shoals) on the alteration of spatial patterns of wave energy flux during a decadal shift in deep-water wave climate. By combining contemporaneous data of coastal geomorphic and sedimentary response to wave forcing with numerical model results that explore a range of climate scenarios, we aim to develop a useful understanding of the coastal geomorphic behavior at KSC that can be used to make a mitigation recommendation.