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Protecting the world’s coastlines: Fulbright scholar to study sand movement in UK

Protecting the world’s coastlines: Fulbright scholar to study sand movement in UK

Jack Puleo studies beaches and what he sees concerns him.

Sea levels are rising. Climate change experts estimate global sea levels will rise nearly five feet over the next century, increasing shoreline erosion and costing the U.S. an estimated $130 million annually on beach nourishment alone.

More importantly, Puleo is eager to collect new data to predict how beaches evolve and erode over time.

Puleo has developed a sensor to capture data about the transport of sediment (in this case beach sands) on critical land-ocean boundaries. He will take his research to a new level this October when he deploys the sensors under natural conditions for the first time – in a landmark field study conducted as part of his recently awarded 2011-2012 Fulbright scholarship at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom. (full article)