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New Researcher Studies Coastal Sediment Changes Using 3D Modeling



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Maria Liste has joined the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Liste will work collaboratively to apply a fully three-dimensional coupled modeling system to investigate how forces created at the seabed by currents and waves mobilize and transport sediment across the coastal region and inner continental shelf offshore of Fire Island, New York. The inner continental shelf at this location is characterized by a series of large shoreface-connected sand ridges. Recent geophysical investigations have identified mobility of these ridge features, and locations of sediment deposition on the inner continental  shelf. Liste will conduct targeted numerical experiments to study the hydrodynamic forcings and processes that transport sediment in this region. Results will help scientists to understand the larger coastal response to storms, including the response to Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Maria Liste
Above: Maria Liste [larger version]

Originally from Spain, Liste studied oceanography and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain. Her thesis research focused on ocean circulation patterns on the Spanish coastline to assess the probability that an oil spill would impact a certain area of the coast. Other previous experience includes working at University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium, where she studied river-plume dispersion in response to flash-flood events and improved models in fluid dynamics codes to better simulate deformation and flow of cohesive sediments.


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Fieldwork
Atlantic Margin Expedition Combines Landslide Studies with Mapping

Exploration of Seamounts in the Northeast Caribbean

Mapping Coastal Changes in Monterey Bay to Aid Planning for Future Storms

Spotlight on Sandy
USGS Joins the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Institute

New Researcher Studies Coastal Sediment Changes Using 3D Modeling

Research
Interested in Naming Undersea Features?

USGS Ocean Data Ambassador Announces New Website

Shells from Deep Arctic Ocean Sediment Reveal a New Clam Species

Outreach
USGS Field Trip for Attendees at U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting

USGS Staff Aid Community Clean-Up—Kickoff Event for BLUE Ocean Film Festival

Meetings
Workshops on the California Seafloor and Coastal Mapping Program

Publications
Nov. / Dec. Publications

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