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Briefing Congress on Coastal Hazards, Coastal Science, and Alternatives to Coastal Protection

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Coastal hazards in the form of storm erosion, flooding, and accelerated sea-level rise as a result of climate change are serious issues for society. With more than 160 million people living in the coastal zone, and $3 trillion in development located along the East and Gulf Coast regions, new techniques and alternatives for managing coastal sand and mitigating erosion are becoming increasingly important.

Congress and the Bush administration are working with coastal States and local jurisdictions to address these issues. On September 3, 2002, a science briefing on coastal-protection impacts and alternatives, sponsored by Senators Lincoln D. Chafee (RI) and John Kerry (MA), was held in the U.S. Capitol for members of Congress and staff.

Jeff Williams (Woods Hole Field Center) was an invited speaker. The focus of Jeff's talk was on the natural processes of sediment transport and coastal change, impacts of manmade alterations to the coastal zone, and the importance of using coastal science to develop strategies for better management and protection of coastal environments in the long term.

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Outreach Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Tenth Anniversary

Earth Science Week - Woods Hole

Meetings Chinese Scientists Visit Gas-Hydrate Labs

Blacks In Government

Briefing Congress on Coastal Hazards

Awards Distinguished Service Award - Bill Dillon

Distinguished Service Award - Bill Normark

Superior Service Award - Marlene Noble

Superior Service Award - Florence Wong

Environmental Champion Award - Sue Hunt

Safety Award - Ellen Mecray

Staff & Center News 30th Annual Falmouth Road Race

Barth Joins Menlo Park Team

Walk for Multiple Sclerosis

Twichell to University of Nevada

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