Accumulation of coastal driftwood after a typhoon

Hui Chieh Chuang, Dong-Jiing Doong

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Abstract

In 2009, a typhoon named Morakot moved onto Taiwan and brought torrential rains that washed down huge amount of driftwood into the sea and accumulation at the coastal areas. By the analysis of satellite images, it is found that 83.2% coastlines of Taiwan were occupied by driftwood after Morakot. The amount of driftwood cleaned-up is 1.03 million tons containing 38.7×104 (37.6%) tons were from coastal harbors, foreshores and backshores. The amount of driftwood left from Morakot is more than 100 times the estimate after historical typhoons and may be the world's great record. The Morakot-induced driftwood has harmed the tourism and fishing industries, endangered the navigation and oceanic activities, brought large impacts to the marine environment and ecosystem, and resulted in huge economic lost.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st (2011) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2011
Pages875-878
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event21st International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2011 - Maui, HI, United States
Duration: 2011 Jun 192011 Jun 24

Other

Other21st International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2011
CountryUnited States
CityMaui, HI
Period11-06-1911-06-24

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering

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