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Chandeleur Islands

The Chandeleur Islands are a low-lying chain of barrier islands east of the Mississippi River delta in the Gulf of Mexico. The USGS has been studying their erosion for decades. Following the Deepwater Horizon disaster and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the State of Louisiana initiated construction with BP funds of a sand berm to protect the Chandeleur Islands. The USGS deployed several oceanographic moorings to measure waves and currents near the Chandeleurs in 2010 and, as part of the Barrier Island Evolution Research project (http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/bier/) initiated measurements of waves and water levels and modeling of geomorphological evolution of the islands.

Air photo of sand island with construction

Oblique aerial photo of the berm under construction at the Chandeleur Islands in August, 20122. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife

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