Salty Topics: When Hurricanes make Landfall
Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
When Hurricanes make Landfall
Join us for "Salty Topics", Pinellas County Sea Grant Extension sponsored Marine Science Speaker series at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center.
Hurricanes generate dangerous waves and surge capable of moving large amounts of sand, destroying buildings and infrastructure, and even taking lives. Storm forces reshape our nation's coastline by removing protective sand dunes that line much of our shorelines, making the coast vulnerability to future storms.
Pinellas County has avoided a major hurricane landfall for many years. However, Tropical Storm Debby taught us that even a small storm can bring big changes. Recent research on the coastal response to storms has led to models predict how the beach might respond to the next one. Come see how models were used to show which areas of the Northeast were most likely to erode during Hurricane Sandy and what these same models say about our local beaches!
Dr. Hilary Stockdon is a Research Oceanographer with the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, FL. She received her B.S. in Geology from Duke University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Oceanography (Marine Geology) from Oregon State University. Her research focuses on nearshore processes, coastal morphology, and large-scale coastal behavior. For the past 12 years, she has worked as a scientist with the USGS National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards project, investigating the impacts of hurricanes on barrier islands with the goals of understanding processes that drive coastal change and predicting how beaches will respond to future storms.
We are happy to host the series at Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center at 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702, with refreshments donated from the Friends of Weedon Island (http://fowi.org).
Photo Credit: National Geographic
6:45 p.m. Light Refreshments
7:00 p.m. Salty Topics
For more information please contact Libby Carnahan at (727) 453-6522
Before continuing, we would like to make you aware of our reservation policies. Cancellations - If your class is canceled for any reason you will be notified no less than 24 hours prior to class start. We will provide a full refund for cancellations made by Pinellas County Extension. Refunds may take up to 30 days to process. Payment - We require full payment at time of reservation so be prepared with a credit card to complete this transaction. Refunds - Refunds will be made in the event of a class cancellation or if the registrant requests a refund 24 hours prior to the class time. Reservations - You must be 18 to make a reservation. If you are under 18 and want to attend a class you must register and attend with a parent or guardian.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.
When & Where
Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center - Pinellas County Extension
Pinellas County Extension at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center is proud to offer a variety of educational and interpretive programs for the public. The goal of these programs is to empower citizens to make informed decisions about natural and cultural resources. Center programs interpret the natural, cultural and archaeological history of the Preserve in order to demonstrate how the environment and people support and shape each other.
For more information please call (727) 453-6500.
Center Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.