Coastal Processes SpecialistThe Coastal Processes Specialist provides technical assistance to the communities of Barnstable County on a variety of coastal land protection and management issues. This is accomplished through site visits, giving formal and informal presentations to regulatory, business, and community groups, and planning and conducting seminars, workshops, and meetings. The Coastal Processes Specialist also conducts applied research on coastal resource issues and provides this information to user groups, develops and implements interdisciplinary community-focused research and extension projects, and assists local grant proposal efforts to fund these projects. Many of these research projects are developed into fact sheets, bulletins, and publications and are distributed to marine industries, municipalities, individuals and agencies. ProjectsContact Us
The Coastal Processes Specialist provides technical assistance to the communities of Barnstable County on the following topics and issues:
erosion control alternatives
coastal landform delineation
potential effects of various human activities on coastal landforms
coastal hazards and hazard mitigation analyses
sea level rise
beach and dune restoration and stabilization techniques
implementation of the Wetlands Protection Act
other coastal resources management issues
Site visits generally address site-specific coastal processes or coastal hazards related issues. Site visits are followed up with a written technical alternatives analysis. In the last three years over 100 site visits have been conducted and over 2,000 people have attended presentations about coastal processes.
The Coastal Processes Specialist also presents at conferences, seminars, and workshops on the topics and issues listed above.
The Coastal Processes Specialist sits on a variety of local taskforces in order to provide stakeholders with scientific-based information to make more informed decisions about land-use issues, particularly regarding coastal landform function and coastal processes. The main objective of this is to increase the availability of science-based information for coastal residents, managers, stewards, and decision-makers regarding protection, prediction, risk reduction, and economic impacts associated with living along the shore.
Recent taskforce participation is noted below:
Barnstable County Coastal Resources Committee
Dennis Beach Management Advisory Task Forcehttp://www.town.dennis.ma.us/Pages/DennisMA_BComm/beachmanagement/index
Dukes County Barrier Beach Taskforce
Goldenrod Foundation Advisory Board
Massachusetts Rapid Response Coastal Storm Damage Assessment Team
Pleasant Bay Alliance
Provincetown Beach and Harbor Team
Steering Committee “Supporting cost-efficient adaptation”, NOAA North Atlantic Region