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New NPS Publication

The National Park Service has decided to release a publication co-authored by me (along with Courtney Schupp and Rebecca Beavers) outlining the present as well as potential impact of climate change in the coastal zone. This is especially timely given the current COP21 meeting. The report can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/coastaladaptationstrategies.htm 

New Publications and Blog Mention

Hi folks, it's been a while since I've updated my blog. I have a few pieces of news. While teaching is currently keeping me very busy at the moment, I'm also proud to announce that I have two research articles out this month. The first article I've already mentioned in my blog before, but now Association of American Geographers members are all probably getting copies of my charcoal article in the mail.

I also have an article regarding my Caribbean research coming out today in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Both of my articles are about past changes in climate in the Caribbean region. This is an area that I am hoping to do more work on in the near future. I'm also always happy to hear from other researchers working in the region (so feel free to send me an email or tweet using the contact information in the top right corner of this site).

Finally, my future climate change research was mentioned recently in a guest article/blog post by my good colleague Dr. Rebecca Beavers for the Preservation Leadership Forum Blog. I encourage everyone to check it out, particularly those of you who are interested in how the National Park Service is preparing for climate change in the coastal zone. It's my hope that by studying how the coastal zone has changed in the past we can bridge the gaps in our knowledge to determine how the coastline will respond to climate change in the future.

New Storm Surge Maps

Well it has been a super busy couple of months. I have been traveling across the country to various academic meetings and a couple different university colloquia to discuss my NPS sea level and storm surge project. So far I've got a lot of very positive feedback about this project and I know that a lot of people can't wait to see our results.

Eventually we will release a report on our findings. In the meantime I'm pleased to announce that we are today making available a large number of storm surge maps. My team have been working on mapping the impacts of storms surge on 117 coastal park units (see my March 6, 2014 post for further details). You can find the maps here: www.mariacaffrey.com/storms

We will be continually updating the storm mapping site with more maps as they become available. I'd like to emphasize that these maps are still very much in the "draft" phase and that use of these images must be done with my direct permission.

List of NPS Parks to be Studied for Vulnerability to Sea Level Change and Storm Surge

I have been asked by a number of agencies to provide a list of the NPS park units my research team is currently investigating as part of our project to study the potential impact of sea level change and storm surge in our national parks. In our original press release we stated that we anticipated that we would study 105 coastal parks. After discussing this project with several regional managers at NPS we have decided to broaden our study to include a few more parks. We have agreed to study the following 110 parks that we estimate will be vulnerable to sea level rise along with a further 7 park units that nearest tide gauge data indicate are experiencing decreasing relative sea levels: 

Notes From The Field...

I just wanted to share some exciting early images from fieldwork we did in November 2013 at Canaveral National Seashore. We had the opportunity to collect Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) data from a small section of the park as part of our ongoing project to provide sea level change and storm surge data to 105 NPS units. Each of these images are different ways of displaying our "data cloud" where each pixel represents a data point that we can include in our models. Many thanks to the staff at Canaveral for letting my team visit them and assisting us in the field.

NPS Releases Project Briefing Statement

Hi folks, here is the latest information about my new research project with the National Park Service. This is a project that will run for the next three years and will look at how sea level rise and storm surge will impact approximately 105 coastal park units. The aim of this is to provide the National Park Service with various SLR and storm surge scenarios so that they can incorporate it into their planning and management documents. For further information check out the briefing statement I have included here.