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Sea levels going up along with severity of storms…

Dr. PeterRuggiero, OSU Dept. of Geosciences

Water risin’ and the wind-a blow’in
Story and photo provided by Coast Watch & Coastal Clilmate Change Adaptation Project

Coastal hazards in an era of climate change will be the subject when Dr. Peter Ruggiero speaks in Newport on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by CoastWatch and the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition.

Ruggiero’s slide presentation, “The Role of Sea Level Rise and Increased Storminess in Pacific Northwest Coastal Change and Flood Hazards,” addresses the reality that rising seas and stronger storm surges will affect both the natural and the human communities of the Oregon coast. He will discuss the vulnerability of coastal communities in the face of climate change.

Peter Ruggiero received his doctorate in coastal engineering from Oregon State University in 1997. Since that time he has worked for the Washington Department of Ecology, serving as principal investigator in the Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study, and for the U.S. Geological Survey, in that agency’s Coastal and Marine Geology Program. Since 2006, he has been an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Geosciences.

Dr. Ruggiero specializes in studying beach processes, such as erosion, coastal hazards, and large-scale coastal phenomena such as the increasing size of wave heights in the Pacific Northwest. He is now working on developing methodologies for assessing the vulnerability of communities to coastal hazards, particularly in light of a changing and variable climate, the chief subject of his presentation on Oct. 25.

The talk takes place in the Hennings Auditorium in the HMSC Visitor Center, located at 2030 S.E. Marine Drive in Newport’s South Beach area.

For more information about the event, or about Oregon Shores’ climate adaptation project, contact Paris Edwards, volunteer coordinator, at (541) 414-9371, or paris@oregonshores.org.

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