Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Alyssa Novak and Professor Duncan FitzGerald have been involved in a long-term study of how marshes are responding to climate change and their future sustainability as sediment supplies diminish and the rate of sea-level rise accelerates. One aspect of this research is determining how the rate of marsh edge retreat relates to various parameters including the type of vegetation. This work, which is being funded by Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Fund through the Department of Interior and other stakeholder agencies, including the National Fish and Wildlife Federation and Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, is depicted in the accompanying photographs taken earlier this week in Great Marsh of Northern New England. New creek edge monitoring sites are being established in Phragmite stands to investigate how an invasive species of grass, although severely limiting diversity and impacting marsh natural marsh habitats, may be beneficially retarding marsh edge erosion. This research will continue for the next several years.
Earth & Environment Professor Duncan FitzGerald and a team of researchers recently undertook a week-long field campaign 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana to the Chandeluer Islands to study the barrier island chain’s response to sea-level rise and hurricane impacts.
Since 2004, numerous Category 3 and higher magnitude hurricanes have severely eroded the islands, segmenting them, and transforming them into a landward migrating barrier arc. Because of this transformation, these islands provide scientists like FitzGerald a natural laboratory to study a possible future scenario of how other barrier coasts of the world, like the East Coast of the United States, might react as they succumb to accelerating sea-level rise.
FitzGerald, who co-led the expedition, and the team gathered sedimentologic and hydrodynamic data to study how the island chain has responded to sea-level rise and to the multiple hurricane impacts. Several more trips are planned to the Chandeleur Islands this year.
This and future expeditions to the Islands are supported by the State of Louisiana and the US Geological Survey. To learn more about FitzGerarld’s work, check out his profile page, or see his recent news and publications.
During his recent trip to China, Professor Curtis Woodcock had the opportunity to spend an evening at a house carved out of loess in Shan Xi province. Below is a picture of Professor Woodcock in front of the unique home.
Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock was in China this past week to give the keynote address at the International Conference on Carbon Cycle and Global Change in Hangzhou, China.
Professor Woodcock’s presentation was titled “Time Series Analysis of Landsat Data for Continuous Monitoring of Land Cover Change and Condition.”
Earth & Environment Professor Curtis Woodcock was in China this past week to give presentations at two institutions. On June 3rd, Professor Woodcock gave a presentation titled “Continuous Classification and Change Detection” at Beijing Normal University.
Five Boston University Department of Geography and Environment (now Earth & Environment) alumni were present at Professor Woodcock’s presentation.
During his visit to Beijing Normal University, Professor Woodcock also visited Key State Lab for Remote Sensing Science.
Later that same day Professor Woodcock was at the Chinese Academy of Science Institute for Geography and Natural Resources Research to give a presentation titled “Time Series Analysis with Landsat.”
Professor Duncan FitzGerald and his former student Chris Hein (faculty at Virginia Institute of Marine Science [VIMS]) gave invited lectures at UNIVALI in Itajai, Santa Catarina, Brazil on April 16th, 2015.
These lectures are part of an ongoing research collaboration (12 years) between UNIVALI and Boston University (and now VIMS). During the past week, FitzGerald and Hein along with UNIVALI professors and students have been collecting geophysical, sedimentologic, and stratigraphic data looking at the Holocene 6 ka highstand, Pleistocene 120 ka highstand, and perhaps the Pliocene (~ 4 million yrs BP) shoreline.
FitzGerald’s talk was titled “Can Barrier Islands Survive Marsh Deterioration in a Regime of Accelerating Sea Level Rise?”, and Hein’s talk was titled “Barrier-Inlet Processes and the Formation of Plum Island Barrier Island, Massachusetts, USA.”
Earth & Environment Professor Alan Strahler along with family, friends, and students celebrate the end of the semester and Strahler’s final class as an active Professor at Boston University.
Our department Administrative Coordinator Fred George was there to photograph the special occasion. Check out his pictures below.
E&E Undergraduate Moira Poje presented her work from the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE) on Pueblo San Marcos at the Council on Undergraduate Research, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium on Oct 26-27th.
Pueblo San Marcos is an unexcavated archaeological site south of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Moira is a senior Geophysics and Planetary Science major working with Assistant Professor Paul Hall and Professor John Ferguson of University of Texas at Dallas.
SAGE is a summer REU sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.
Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor Robert Buchwaldt and his Introduction to Geochemistry, ES 371, students traveled to Maine this past weekend as part of a field trip to explore the interaction of different magmas and the geochemical signature of nearby landscapes.
The field trip took the students to Camdem Hill State Park on the coast of the Atlantic and then over to Acadia National Park where they were able to observe the many fascinating landscapes of the area:
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi was recently in Vietnam as part of his research efforts to study the Mekong delta and its mangroves.
Fagherazzi, as a representative of the Department of Earth & Environment, joined scientists from twelve other universities from the US, Vietnam, the Netherlands, and New Zealand to take part in this large scale study.
Fagherazzi, pictured below, focuses his studies primarily on geomorphology, hydrology, and coastal and marine geology.
To learn more about Fagherazzi’s work, check out his profile page.
Fagherazzi in the Mangrove’s of the Mekong Delta.
Fagherazzi taking measurements in the Mekong Delta.