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Lunch & Learn: Estuarine Shoreline Change Analysis

USGS Research Ecologist, Kathryn Smith, and CNT Researcher, Joseph Terrano, have been invited to present their estuarine shoreline change analysis research at the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR) Lunch & Learn webinar series, which will be held online on July 22nd, 2020.

View of Grand Bay, Mississippi marsh in April 2017 from the water
View of Grand Bay, Mississippi marsh shoreline in April 2017. (Credit: Kathryn E. L. Smith, USGS. Public domain.)

The scientists have been working with the GBNERR for several years to research marsh loss due to coastal erosion through the USGS Estuarine and Marsh Geology (EMRG) project and Coastal Change Hazards (CCH) program. The study focuses on using remote sensing and field surveys to map short- and long-term changes in shoreline position, examine impacts of erosion rates on sedimentary processes, and modeling physical drivers controlling sediment flux. 

The USGS Estuarine and Marsh Geology (EMRG) project conducts research on coastal erosion hazards and geologic processes impacting coastal marsh resiliency to storms and sea-level change. EMRG scientists have partnered with NOAA, Alabama Department of Natural Resources, and the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, among others, to provide research that will impact future coastal habitat restoration and land management decisions. 

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