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Postdoctoral Scholar Presents Seminar at Woods Hole Field Center

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Extremely dynamic geologic processes that result in net long-term erosion and significant land loss and property damage dominate as much as 90 percent of coastal regions in the United States. These processes are complex because of a mixture of natural factors (such as storms, sand deficits, and relative sea-level rise) and a growing list of anthropogenic factors (such as coastal engineering structures, dams and levees, dredging, and fluid-induced subsidence).

At the same time, coastal populations and development have exploded during the past 50 years, increasing the risk of a coastal crisis. Factors induced by climate change, such as accelerated sea-level rise and more frequent catastrophic storms, are likely to increase the risks to the public over the next century.

As part of the Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP)'s studies of the geologic framework and processes controlling coastal erosion, the USGS is partnering with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in supporting a postdoctoral scholar fellowship program. Ilya Buynevich, who recently received his Ph.D. from Boston University, is one of the new scholars in residence in Woods Hole over the next 18 months.

On December 20, 2001, he presented an invited seminar entitled "Sedimentary Records of Intense Storms in Paraglacial Barrier Sequences." Ilya's talk summarized his coastal research in Maine and other parts of New England, in which he used historical shoreline data, coastal stratigraphy, and the sedimentary record to document late Holocene coastal change. One of the more important findings was that several of the rivers draining glacial terrain and discharging at the coast continue to be significant sources of sand-size sediment to coastal sediment budgets. Ilya will continue his coastal research in collaboration with the USGS and WHOI science community.

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