I'm excited to announce that I was recently awarded funding to examine how the potential submergence of the barrier island at Cape Lookout will impact storm surge heights in future. This project will be carried out in collaboration with partners at the USGS and University of Tennessee. More information about this project will be released in early 2015.
When I first created this website I decided that I would use it to focus on my research, so I don't usually post much about my teaching. But I just wanted to share what a great experience my meteorology class and I had at channel 7 yesterday. I always try to incorporate field trips into my classes so that the students can put what I teach into a real-world context. Channel 7 was nice enough to give my students a tour of their studio so they could see what goes into a weather broadcast. Mike Nelson and Kirsten Horne were nice enough to talk to the class about their work and how climate change is changing Colorado weather. The students were really blown away by their visit. THANKS CHANNEL 7!
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.
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:
Elizabeth Shogren recently interviewed me about my research for "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio. Here is a copy of the interview.
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.
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.
The latest news from our research team will be posted here.