A goal of our lab (joint with Steve Elgar) is to understand and model waves, currents, and sand movement in the nearshore, surf, and swash (eg, the beach face), and the interactions between the ocean and coastal groundwater. Land-based sediments, chemicals, biota, and fresh water cross this region to enter the deep ocean. Moreover, most people live within 100 miles of a shoreline that changes constantly as winds, waves, and currents move sand along and across the beach. Projects during summer 2017 could focus on: (1) wave generation, (2) remote sensing of surf zone waves, or (3) storms, flooding, dune erosion, and coastal groundwater.
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