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Estalerinho Beach, Santa Catarina, Brazil: an ideal place to study river discharge and deposition.

drop caphorelines are the Earth’s quintessential interface: here, air, land and sea converge to support diverse estuarine ecosystems. Beaches and scarps come and go; deltas grow and fade. Marshes flood; tides ebb.

In spite of this volatility, 50% of the world’s population lives within 60 km of the coast. This development puts pressure on fragile coastal environments; likewise, populations living in coastal areas are vulnerable to floods, storm events, and subsequent shifts in the shoreline that may threaten their livelihood. Thus coastal life, for both humans and Nature, is a precarious existence indeed.

The Coastal Group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution seeks to better understand natural processes and human impact in coastal areas through historic and paleoceanographic study. Our research spans the globe, from our own backyard here on Cape Cod to distant sites such as the Danube Delta and the Brazilian coastline. In addition to performing on-site analyses, we collect and study coastal sediments that yield valuable geological records of sea level and climate change, shoreline evolution, and storm activity. The Coastal Group’s research utilizes innovative technology to rigorously address scientific problems related to these socially relevant issues.

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