My last post was on Elwha diving, and I don't want to give the impression that its all I do...but while I was away on vacation (and missing the final week of this summer's Elwha dives) Alison Morrow from King5 news joined Nancy, Steve and Marshall for a day out on the boat. And out of that day came the nice little piece above.
And that made me realize...we are putting a lot of effort right now into synthesizing the reams of data we've collected across a variety of projects, and packaging our observations and what we've learned. There will be more to come, but amongst the recent developments includes this USGS Youtube channel specifically dedicated to archiving our undersea diver-collected videos of the seafloor around the Elwha River delta. We also expect, soon, a paper summarizing the major coastal ecological stories from the dam removal, and an interactive map that will allow a user to quickly move through space and time to explore coastal changes associated with the dam removal. Stay tuned!
As the Coastal Hazards Specialist for Washington Sea Grant I spend my time on research, education and outreach on topics like chronic erosion, climate change, tsunami and other coastal hazards. Current projects include:
1) monitoring the shoreline of the Elwha River delta to detect changes due to the Elwha Dam Removal
2) Assessing the influence of climate change on the resources of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
3) Evaluating the impact of debris from the Tohoku tsunami on the shorelines of the Olympic Peninsula