Assessment of the Century Scale Sediment Budget of the Brewster Coast

The Center for Coastal Studies recently completed a study for the Town of Brewster and funded by the Coastal Resiliency Grants Program of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to evaluate coastal sediment movement at the century scale. While the focus of this work is the Brewster shoreline, it was necessary to extend the analysis slightly to the east and west in order to develop a preliminary sediment budget for the Brewster shoreline. The results of this study provide a quantitative assessment of sediment transport and sediment budget for approximately 15.5 km (9.3 miles) of the southerly Cape Cod Bay coast.

This information is vital to an understanding of the historical conditions that contributed to the present position, shape and size of the coastline, and will contribute to estimating future changes. Accordingly, these data can be used to reduce the vulnerability of communities and ecological systems to the impacts of a changing climate and rising sea levels.

The report is available to download here.