USGS scientist invited to present at Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalists annual meeting

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SPCMSC Oceanographer Kara Doran was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalists annual meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at the Bay Pines STEM center in St. Petersburg, FL.

Kara's presentation, titled "Keeping an Eye on Shifting Sands: Studying the Effect of Storms on Florida Beaches," informed the public of the research being done at the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center on the coastal hazards threatening the nation's coasts, including the development of a real-time model to forecast shoreline water levels and predict the probability of coastal change. The talk also focused on recent storm impacts to Florida's coastlines. The presentation demonstrated how these models and observations can be used to better understand the state's shifting sands and enhance the resilience and preparedness of communities.

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