Pleasant Bay has approximately 71 miles of shoreline, including 51 miles of inner shoreline, 7 miles on the inside of the Nauset barrier beach, and 13 miles around five Bay islands. The vast and varied shoreline encompasses extensive coastal resources and is subject to a wide range of ecological forces.
The Alliance conducts research to deepen our understanding of coastal resources and processes throughout the Pleasant Bay system. This research provides a basis for management recommendations and best practices related to coastal structures, beach nourishment, and dredging and long-term planning to protect coastal resources and minimize coastal hazards.
The Alliance has a long standing collaboration with Center for Coastal Studies, under the direction of Dr. Graham Giese, to monitor trends in tidal data. Download tidal data studies conducted by Center for Coastal Studies below:
Download the Coastal Resource Guide for Pleasant Bay and Chatham Harbor here: