In this talk, Dr. Woodruff will discuss how changes in storm climatology, relative sea level rise, and the form and behavior of shorelines have governed past changes in coastal flooding by storms in the northeast. A main point of the talk will be to highlight that rising sea level and associated shoreline change will likely become the two dominant drivers of increased periods of extreme coastal inundation, irrespective of changes in future storm climatology. To highlight this point he will present new observations of resulting sedimentation and shoreline impacts by Hurricane Sandy compared to past storm events.
Bio: Jon Woodruff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts where he has been a faculty member since 2009. Jon has a M.S. in Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering and a Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, as well as a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University. His research interests lie in the area of sediment transport in coastal, estuarine and tidal river environments, as well as assessing the level to which climate change, sea-level rise, and shoreline change impact the degree of flooding by storms.