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Salty Topics: Keeping a Watchful Eye on Shifting Sands

Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center - Pinellas County Extension

Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Salty Topics: Keeping a Watchful Eye on Shifting Sands

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Adult Participant (no need to print ticket 78 Tickets Oct 5, 2017 Free  
Youth Participant (recommended for High School) 20 Tickets Oct 5, 2017 Free  

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Salty Topics: Keeping a Watchful Eye on Shifting Sands

Florida beaches support millions of dollars in tourism and recreation, and provide habitat for shorebirds, sea turtles, and other marine organisms.  Sand dunes along the coast also help to protect infrastructure and populations along the coast from rising water levels during storms.  As beaches constantly shift due to storms and sea level-rise, the things they support and protect can be threatened.

Researchers in the Coastal and Marine Geology Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study the coastal hazards threatening the nation’s coasts and provide expertise, tools, products and data that can be used by coastal communities, emergency managers, and other stakeholders.  Recently, the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, in collaboration with the National Weather Service, developed a real-time model to forecast shoreline water levels and predict the probability of coastal change, such as beach erosion or dune overtopping (https://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/research/twlviewer/).  This model includes predictions along all of Tampa Bay beaches.  To evaluate and improve the model, observations of local water levels and coastal change are collected using video cameras during calm and stormy conditions (https://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/research/video-remote-sensing.php). Images are collected using long-term stationary cameras and unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones, and are used to measure changes in shoreline position, water levels at the shoreline, water depths near the shore, and 3D elevations of the beach.  These models and data can be used to better understand the shifting sands and enhance the resilience and preparedness of coastal communities.

 

Biographies:

Joseph Long is a research oceanographer at the U.S. Geological Survey with over 15 years’ experience in modeling coastal processes.  His research focuses on the role that winds, waves, and circulation have on transforming the beach under seasonal, long-term, and extreme events.  He received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil/Ocean Engineering from the Oregon State University, and B.S. from Clarkson University.

Jenna Brown is a research oceanographer at the U.S. Geological Survey. Her research focuses on using remote sensing technology to measure water levels and changes in beach morphology due to severe storms. She received a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, a M.S. from the University of Delaware, and B.S. from The Ohio State University.

Additional Information:

Salty Topics Marine Research Series is a UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County, Sea Grant Program. This program is intended for a High School and Adult Audience. Please arrive by 6:45pm to register for the program.

Refreshments are sponsored by the Friends of Weedon Island.  Learn how you can support education, restoration and preservation at Weedon Island by visiting http://fowi.org.

   


Questions or Concerns? 

Contact Libby Carnahan

Sea Grant Agent
UF/IFAS Extension, Pinellas County
Phone (727) 453-6522
lcarnahan@pinellascounty.org


Additional Information
University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution. 

Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this class you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Prior to two working days before the class, please contact the Office of Human Rights, 400 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 464-4062
(Voice/TDD).

 

Have questions about Salty Topics: Keeping a Watchful Eye on Shifting Sands? Contact Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center - Pinellas County Extension

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Weedon Island Preserve
1800 Weedon Dr NE
St. Petersburg, 33702

Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)


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Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center - Pinellas County Extension

UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County at Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center offers a variety of educational and interpretive programs for the public. Center programs interpret the natural, cultural and archaeological history of the Preserve to demonstrate how the environment and people support and shape each other.

 

 CENTER HOURS: Thursday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

NEW! Sunday 11:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

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