While I cannot be sure of the intentions of this research, one end product of this investigation is it will help establish erosion rates for undisturbed beaches. The data collected would then be useful in determining the differences in "erosion controlled beaches" and beaches without such structures. These structures are the kind that supposedly protect beach front properties. There exists an on going debate as to the practicality of erosion control structures and Masonboro Island is free of such structures.
Perhaps, to address what was described in the article, another point of the experiment is to determine the how dredging effects the sedimentation rates of Masonboro Island. Beings as dredging occurs all along the North Carolina coast, it is important to understand if the dredging reduces the building of the island or island beaches. Supposing there is a negative relationship between dredging and accretion of sand on beaches, then properties near the areas that are being dredged are being eroded away due to the dredging. The confirmation or refutation of this supposition will help determine future beach policy.
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