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Dr. Stan Riggs and his colleagues at East Carolina University have just turned out a first-class study and prognosis on North Carolina's coast. In the most recent piece, NORTH CAROLINA'S COAST IN CRISIS: A VISION FOR THE FUTURE, Riggs has gone from observing to predicting--the seas are rising at an increasingly rapid rate and believes the Outer Banks will become a series of islands rather than a narrow barrier island.
Along the state's coastline, over three hundred miles of barrier islands provide a protective shield against strong ocean waves driven by storms and hurricanes. This area is also growing in population and accompanying economy development. William Smith of Wake Forest University heads the Coastal Barrier Island Network, a group that is studying ways to manage these vulnerable islands.
During the last twenty years, the importance of ensuring proper land planning and landscape management on barrier islands has been firmly established. Culminating with the passage and implementation of the North Carolina Coastal Area Management Act of 1974, the overall planning and management process for barrier islands has substantially improved the balance between island development activities and the ability of the barrier island to maintain its essential ecological and geomorphological functions and processes. This includes the considerable role of maritime forests in the overall maintenance of the barrier island ecosystem.