Why We Do It

Alaska’s coastal environments are some of the most dynamic in the world, and are an incredible place to carry out research and education activities. Scientifically, measuring these changes and understanding their impacts on the natural environment and coastal communities is a fascinating research topic. When modern humans and their infrastructure are considered, the importance of this research and education is emphasized as it can be used to identify hazards and advance coastal change literacy. Through this, coastal communities can increase their ability to mitigate and adapt to rapid environmental change.

Working along Alaska’s remote coastlines provides us the opportunity to engage with incredible people and experience some of the most rugged and dynamic environments in the world.   Every field campaign is another unique adventure that leads to the collection of new data sets and relationships with communities.

Working to collect baseline data sets along the remote coastlines of Alaska allows us to contribute towards the understanding of coastal processes and hazards over multiple spatial and temporal scales. There’s also always the inspiration of making new scientific discoveries in locations such as Geographic Harbor, Katmai National Park (shown above).

Carrying out coastal hazard assessments in collaboration with the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) Coastal Hazard Program leads to actionable research that provides valuable data sets to local and regional stakeholders.

Engaging undergraduate students in research and training leads to exciting academic and professional opportunities that both drive ongoing projects and student research experience