Earth and Ocean Sciences

Coastal and Estuarine Processes

shoreline The close proximity of UNCW (less than 10 miles) to coastal sounds, tidal creeks, estuaries, barrier islands, and the Atlantic Ocean makes coastal and estuarine processes research a natural focus for geological study. Current research projects include analysis of particulate and contaminant transport in tidal creeks, quantifying tidal hydrodynamics in inlets and creek systems, and assessing the impact of hurricanes and nor'easters on local beaches and marshes. Another important research component addresses the evolution of coastal features (e.g. barrier islands, deltaic systems) and the response of these systems to anthropogenic and natural disturbances.

Faculty Researching This Area Include:

Joanne Halls, Ph.D. Andrea Hawkes, Ph.D. Lynn Leonard, Ph.D.
Halls Hawkes Leonard