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Recent Coastal News

Western Carolina University Geology Students Take On Yellowstone National Park

As part of PSDS’s natural hazard vulnerability work with the NPS, four WCU geology students/recent alums, Courtney Hartman, Holly Hurding-Jones, Eliza Hurst, and Richard Pedigo, are mapping landslides in Yellowstone National Park this summer. Last month, they were joined by Eric Bilderback (NPS Geomorphologist), Doug Anderson (DOT Engineering Geologist), Nick Farny (DOT Engineering Geologist), and Jeff Hungerford (Yellowstone Park Geologist, not pictured) for a week of landslide training and field work. The students will remain in the park mapping landslides through mid-July.

Conservation Efforts in Topsail, NC

Environmental planning presented to Topsail, NC officials to propose the construction of beach groins to off-set beach erosion. Learn more about Topsail’s plans here.

Running out of sand, or running out of time?

Sand, a fossil resource that takes millions of years to form, is being depleted at alarming rates through its continued use in marketed commercial goods and construction materials. Learn more about the depletion of Earth’s sands here.

Recent PSDS Imagery

Folly Beach SC Nourishment

Black Sea Aerial Photos

Hurricane Sandy Imagery

SC Coast Aerial Images

Hurricane Week: The Weather Channel

NPR Weekend Edition

Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost?

Featuring Director Rob Young

Elwha River Restoration

Smithsonian Article: Preparing for a New River

Featuring PSDS and Director Rob Young

Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines
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Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28734