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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Northeast's Paraglacial Shore and Its First Order Control on the Future Resilience of Coupled Beach/Marsh Systems

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 | 4:00 pm
Jon Woodruff Jon Woodruff
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Brian Yellen Brian Yellen
University of Massachusetts Amherst


The importance of external sediment supply to both beaches and marshes has long been recognized. In the Northeastern US glacial deposits serve as the predominant sediment source for shorelines extending from New York City to the Maine/Canadian border. In this talk we present active research on the spatial distribution and characteristics of these paraglacial deposits and their first order control on both the current and future integrity of coupled marsh-beach systems.