The Coastal Studies Institute is reviving its monthly Science on the Sound lecture series that had been on hold because of COVID-19 guidelines and precautions.
Dr. Reide Corbett, dean of East Carolina University Integrated Coastal Programs and executive director of the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, is to kick off the revamped series with his presentation, “Beach Nourishment on the OBX: Addressing the what, why, and potential impacts.”
The presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU Outer Banks Campus, in Wanchese. Each lecture is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend. The program will also be livestreamed and a recorded version is to be available on YouTube.
Since the initial Nags Head beach nourishment project in 2011, the Outer Banks community has seen a growing number of projects across the beaches. Corbett’s presentation is to provide background on the use of beach nourishment as a “soft engineering” approach to shoreline erosion and possible ecological impacts to the beach associated with these projects.
Corbett is a coastal oceanographer and geochemist with an overall scientific interest in the geochemical and geomorphic dynamics of coastal and open ocean environments. Much of his research during the last two decades has focused on the delivery of constituents by submarine groundwater discharge and sediment dynamics across the continental margin. Corbett’s research has broadened through the years to include coastal change and geomorphic evolution across telescoping timescales.
Science on the Sound is part of East Carolina University’s Family and Community Programs.