Bluff Erosion

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Erosion of coastal bluffs is a serious issue for many Great Lakes communities in Wisconsin. These resources help in identifying and addressing coastal bluff erosion.

Map

Wisconsin Shoreline Inventory and Oblique Photo Viewer

Explore how the Great Lakes coasts of Wisconsin have changed since 1976 by viewing oblique photos and classification of beach and bluff conditions. 
Association of State Floodplain Managers

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Data

Coastal Bluffs

Find tops and toes of coastal bluffs for select Lake Michigan coastal counties from 1956/1961 and 1999/2000 in the WCA Catalog.

Data

Elevation Data

Find elevation data from WisconsinView and the U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory.

Data

Oblique Photos

Find oblique photography from the Wisconsin Shoreline Inventory and Oblique Photo Viewer.

Tool

Visualizing Coastal Erosion on the Great Lakes

This tool integrates animation, aerial photography, pictures, charts, and text to help the public better understand the natural process of coastal erosion; how local land development decisions impact coastal erosion; and makes the case for scientifically-based coastal development setbacks. The location is just south of Concordia University in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.
Geography Department, UW-Madison

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Learn

Minimizing Bluff Top Development Risk, Ozaukee County

This case study in the Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide explains bluff erosion processes, the factors that cause and exacerbate it and the risks associated with building too close to the bluff.
Association of State Floodplain Managers as part of the NOAA Digital Coast Partnership

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University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, 1975 Willow Drive FL 2, Madison, WI 53706-1177 ph 608-262-0905
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