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Ball High School students conduct surveys at Galveston Island State Park, BEG02 (Fig. 1)—a profile that the Bureau has been measuring since the 1980’s. Ball High students also collect data at JAM02 in Jamaica Beach and DEL01 at the Dellanera RV Park (Fig. 1). Both of these sites monitor beach nourishment and Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Act (CEPRA) beach and dune restoration activities.
Students from Ball High School on Galveston Island have been collecting critical data since 1997. The data are used by Bureau scientists to increase understanding of beach and dune impacts and recovery stages following major storms. During the 23-years Ball students have participated in THSCMP, numerous storms with varying intensities have caused impacts to the beaches of Galveston Island including the following: Tropical Storms Frances (1998), Allison (2001), and Fay (2002) and Hurricanes Claudette (2003), Rita (2005), and Ike (2008). Ball High School data collection from the BEG02 profile site at Galveston Island State Park documented how much the beach and dunes changed after Ike and the recovery of the beach and dune system (Fig. 2). At the BEG02 site, the foredune has re-established, and a wide vegetated zone with expanding coppice dunes developed between the seaward base of the foredunes and the landward extent of wave run-up. After the 2020 hurricane season, the beach was eroded landward and a washover feature was deposited in the coppice dune area (Fig. 2).
Hurricane Harvey in 2017 had minimal impacts to the beach and dune system on Galveston Island but the 2020 hurricane season did cause beach and dune erosion. The dune at the Dellanera RV Park that was created as part of a large nourishment and dune restoration project that took place in 2015, experienced significant erosion between January 2020 and May 2021 (Fig.3). Over half the volume of sand in the beach/dune system was removed. Ball student monitoring also documented changes to a dune and vegetation restoration project at site JAM02 in Jamaica Beach (Fig. 4).