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Images: Hurricane Hunter

Jon Woodruff's father, Rick Woodruff, considers The Unsinkable, which they built for Jon Woodruff's initial studies in Japan. (Photo by Jon Woodruff, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Woodruff's initial research in Japan proved viable, and he returned with a grant from WHOI's Coastal Ocean Institute to collect more sediment cores. On his team were his wife Akiko Okusu (right) and mother-in-law Masako Okusu (who translated and kept the boat bailed).

(Photo courtesy of Jon Woodruff, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Woodruff and wife Akiko Osuku overlook the lagoon they studied at Kami-koshiki in Japan. Woodruff has learned that the ideal places to obtain good cores for ancient hurricane research are relatively placid lagoons or marshes tucked behind a barrier beach in hurricane-prone regions, such as the eastern United States, the Caribbean, and parts of Asia.     (Photo courtesy of Jon Woodruff, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Woodruff demonstrates to teachers on Cape Cod how to collect and look at a core for signs of past hurricane activity. He looks for coarse, slightly larger grains washed in when a storm blows through coastal areas. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)