Research Projects

Brazil Beach

Coastal populations, infrastructure and ecological communities will be directly affected over the next decades by atmospheric warming, accelerated sea-level rise, changes in the frequency and intensity of coastal storms, and variability in sediment-supply rates. The response of sedimentary coastal systems to these changes will be driven by the interactions of climate change and sedimentary processes. Our studies address the complexities of Holocene coastal evolution and the importance of our ability to predict interrelated changes in each of these drivers in forecasting the impact of future climate change on coastal evolution. Specifically, our work focuses on three themes: (1) links between terrestrial climate change and fluvial sediment export, and their role in the global carbon cycle; (2) the coastal morphologic and sedimentologic imprints of changes in the type and delivery rates of fluvial and shallow-shelf sediments to the coastal zone in response to past climate and sea-level changes; and (3) the coupled responses of barrier islands and backbarrier environments to changes in sea level and sediment supply. We address these themes over timescales ranging from decades to millennia, focusing on the middle to late Holocene.

Click on the project titles below to learn more about our projects in several different areas:

Barrier Evolution and Coastal Sediment Sources

Coastal Response to Holocene Environmental Change

River Sediment Export and the Global Carbon Cycle

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