Preliminary Results & Next Steps

As the summer draws to a close, I reflect on the volume of data I was able to to collect. This summer involved a combination of field and lab work that helped me gain new skills and gather data that begin to answer some of my research questions. For example, preliminary data suggest that the tidal flat I am studying will not remain a tidal flat as sea level continues to riseā€”it is being starved of enough sediment input to continue to build up vertically. This is problematic because coastal geologic features like tidal flats can protect communities and vital coastal infrastructure from the impacts of storms. Tidal flats are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna which thrive in environments where tides come in and out, a process unlikely to exist at the site as its morphology changes.

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