An Integrated Physical-Social-Community (PSC) Approach for Sustainable Shore Protection, Beach Integrity, and Bluff/Dune Stabilization Along Lake Michigan

Major Goals and Objectives

The overall goals of this project are to:

  • Better understand coastal processes in terms of nearshore hydrodynamics, sediment transport, and coastal morphology under changing climate forcing in Lake Michigan
  • Help effectively communicate to stakeholders, with the purpose of promoting sustainable shore protection, increasing the integrity of beaches; and stabilizing bluffs/dunes in Lake Michigan


Accomplishments / Benefits

Lake Michigan coastline erosion research brings in new data and diplomacy

Publication: A Simple, Fully Automated Shoreline Detection Algorithm for High-Resolution Multi-Spectral Imagery 

Publication: A reduced-complexity shoreline model for coastal areas with large water level fluctuations

Video: An Integrated PSC Approach for Sustainable Shore Protection & More Along Lake Michigan

Video: An Integrated Physical-Social-Community (PSC) Approach for Sustainable Shore Protection


This project is jointly funded with Wisconsin Sea Grant (PI Chin Wu, University of Wisconsin Madison) and Michigan Sea Grant (PI Guy Meadows, Michigan Technological University). 

Research Information

Principal Investigator:
Cary Troy
Initiation Date:
Purdue University

Related Information


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