North Carolina’s Changing Coastline and Increased Vulnerability
Eastern North Carolina is home to the Outer Banks and the expansive Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system, the second largest estuarine system in the United States. The rate of sea-level rise along the US Atlantic coast has increased throughout the 20th century. While there is widespread agreement that it will continue to accelerate during the 21st century, great uncertainty surrounds its magnitude and geographic distribution. Along NC’s coast, a recent analysis of historical shoreline data reveals a very dynamic system. In this Science Café, we will discuss how new technologies are being used to understand the vulnerability of this ecologically and economically important region.
About Our Speaker
Dr. Reide Corbett was born and raised in coastal North Carolina. After receiving his PhD from Florida State University, he returned to NC as an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University. Today, Corbett is a Professor and Senior Scientist at ECU and Program Head of Coastal Processes at the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute. He is an expert in the use of radionuclides as tools for evaluating sources of water, sediments and timescales of processes in coastal systems. As a marine geochemist, his research focuses on water, sediment and nutrient dynamics in estuarine and open ocean environments. Information acquired through Corbett’s research has developed a clearer understanding of estuarine and coastal processes, leading to better management and preservation of these critical environments.