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New Living Shorelines Report Released

We are pleased to announce the release of a new report Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps, prepared by the Georgia Coastal Research Council for the Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance.  The report synthesizes scientific information relevant to living shorelines in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, including the physical, biological, and chemical characteristics of living shorelines in salt marshes and mangroves. The report also includes a compendium of living shorelines projects in these four states and an annotated bibliography.

Access the Report (updated 10/7/16)

We are grateful to the report’s authors, Margaret Myszewski and Merryl Alber of the University of Georgia, who prepared the report in collaboration with the Georgia Coastal Research Council and with review and input from technical experts in all four South Atlantic states.


The report compiles information on the type and location of 439 living shorelines projects in the region and includes a bibliography with summaries of 86 research papers and proceedings, and 55 other publications.  Note that the focus of this report was on the ecological aspects of living shorelines; policy, design and engineering, public outreach and economics research was outside the scope of this report.  Contents include the following:

Part One: Living Shoreline Approaches in the Southeast

Part Two: Physical Effects of Living Shorelines in Salt Marshes

Part Three: Biological Effects of Living Shorelines in Salt Marshes

Part Four: Chemical Effects of Living Shorelines in Salt Marshes

Part Five: Living Shorelines in Mangroves

Part Six: Conclusions and Data Gaps

Appendix A: Compendium of Living Shoreline Projects in the Southeast

Appendix B: Annotated Bibliography


Questions regarding the report can be directed to Margaret Myszewski.