Van Vleck Middle and High School

Van Vleck Middle School students collect data at MAT01 (Fig. 1) which is adjacent to a washover channel called Three Mile Cut.


Figure 1. Location map of Van Vleck monitoring site MAT01 adjacent to Three Mile Cut.

MAT01 is adjacent to a washover channel that will occasionally open due to the passage or landfall of a tropical storm or hurricane. Hurricane Ike made landfall on Galveston Island September 13, 2008 as a category 2 hurricane. Owing to the size of the storm, impacts from this hurricane were seen along the entire Texas coast. Hurricane Ike briefly opened Three Mile Cut and caused vegetation line retreat and dune erosion at MAT01 (Fig. 2). Over the 10 years since Ike’s landfall, Van Vleck students have been monitoring the recovery and growth of the foredune at this site.

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Figure 2. Post-Hurricane Ike monitoring of dune and vegetation line recovery