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Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

PCMSC Seminar Series

February 20th, 2018, 2:00pm

Stephanie Dohner

University of Delaware

Filling in the Blank Spots on the Map

Photographs from the speaker's upcoming lecture.

Abstract: Coastal science and engineering has long battled with the dynamic and complex environments of the coastal zone and the difficulties of collecting data, teasing out multi-scale processes, and designing suitable projects for the conditions. Rapid improvements in technology, coupled with decreases in costs, enables researchers, managers, engineers, and policy makers improved data collection methods. These platforms have resulted in higher resolution information, both spatially and temporally, using low-cost, user-friendly, and mobile technologies such as aerial drones, autonomous surface vehicles, terrestrial lasers, and boat mounted sonars. This presentation shares the methodologies and results of several pilot studies performed using robotic systems in varied coastal areas such as natural dune systems, nourished beaches, tidal marshes, and shallow nearshore waters. Insights into benthic community ecosystem services, storm-related coastal morphology, beach and dune vegetation life cycles, and marsh vegetation mapping are providing quantitative data at a resolution and accuracy traditionally unobtainable in theses areas. Realistic operation times, equipment costs, easy-of-use, uncertainties, resolutions, and feasibilities will be discussed as well as methods for mapping and collecting data in these various environments. Site-specific hypothetical and what-if scenario questions are highly encouraged and welcomed!


February 21st, 2018, 2:00pm

Dirk Rijnsdorp


February 28th, 2018, 2:00pm

Luca Malatesta


Directions and Parking

Street map of our location.
[Larger version]

From the San Francisco Bay Area:
Take your favorite highway to Hwy 17 South to Hwy 1
At the Hwys 17+1 merge, keep right
Follow signs to “Hwy 1 North, Half Moon Bay, UC Santa Cruz”
Stay on Hwy 1 North (keep in right-most lanes)
Hwy 1 is also named Mission Street — Follow Mission for about 2 miles
At the Western Drive stop light, turn left onto Western Drive
The building right in front of you is the
USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
2885 Mission Street

From the south coast or from Hwy 17:
Take Hwy 1 North to west Santa Cruz
At the Western Drive stop light, turn left onto Western
The building right in front of you is the
USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
2885 Mission Street

From the north coast:
Take Hwy 1 South to west Santa Cruz
At the Western Drive stop light, turn right onto Western
The building right in front of you is the
USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
2885 Mission Street

Parking:
Limited parking spaces may be available in the parking lot located on the NE corner of Western Drive and Mission Street
Limited parking is available along Mission Street and along Natural Bridges Drive
Entrance to PCMSC is at 2885 Mission Street

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