Overview: Fragile barrier islands provide habitat for several GCP LCC focal species, such as brown pelicans, sea turtles, and black skimmers. Assessing the vulnerability of coastal ecosystems at a Gulf of Mexico-wide scale has become even more important in the wake of several destructive storms (e.g. Katrina, Rita, and Ike) and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This project is part of the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment and involved identifying gaps in data and integrating datasets and corresponding metadata required for a Gulf of Mexico-wide assessment of conditions and variables affecting barrier island vulnerability.Datasets will be incorporated into the Conservation Planning Atlas, to provide easily accessible and available at no cost to conservation partners.
Presenter: Diana Del Angel, Harte Research Institute
Diana is a Coastal Geoscientist at the Coastal and Marine Geospatial Laboratory at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. Her research interests involve the application of geospatial tools for the study of coastal environments, coastal change, coastal processes, and hazards. She received a M.S. in Environmental Science from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2011 and dedicated her research to beach and dune morpho-dynamics of a south Texas barrier island.