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Rose V. Palermo, Ph.D.

Rose Palermo is a coastal geomorphologist who studies the coupled natural-human coastal system. Specifically, she focuses on 1) barrier island evolution under changes in sea-level and wave climate, 2) how these geomorphic changes influence coastal management decisions, such as beach nourishment or artificial dune building, and 3) how the management actions in turn influence barrier morphodynamics.

My research interests broadly include coastal evolution and morphodynamics, long-term island stability, and coastal community resilience. At the USGS, I develop and use reduced complexity models to study long-term barrier island evolution and the feedbacks between coastal morphodynamics, coastal management decisions, and external forcings.