Where is the sand going and how does it get there? The science behind the shifting sands

Understanding how sand moves along the coast is essential for the sound management of this dynamic resource. Over the last 10 years the Center for Coastal Studies has been refining a technique to develop rigorous, science-based sediment budgets that quantify the directions and volumes of sand moving along the nearshore area. Come see a talk given by Dr. Mark Borrelli where he will discuss the basics of coastal sediment transport as well as recent projects involving the Center’s sediment budget work.

Mark Borrelli is a Coastal Geologist. He is the Director of the Coastal Processes and Ecosystems Laboratory, or CAPE Lab, a joint research effort between the School for the Environment within the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His research interests include coastal sedimentary processes, in general, and understanding how storms, sea level rise and anthropogenic impacts affect the coast, in particular.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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