Coastal erosion and flooding is a global problem that is a result of both human activity and natural processes. It poses a threat to personal property, sensitive ecosystems and critical infrastructure. Dr. Houser will focus on coastal issues within the Great Lakes including bluff retreat along the north shore of Lake Erie, the erosion at Point Pelee which threatens critical habitat for migratory birds, and the retreat of the shoreline at Pinery Provincial Park, Long Point and Rondeau. He will also talk about high water levels and coastal flooding as well as changes in lake ice and storm activity and how changes in those will affect coastlines in the future. Dr. Houser will also discuss beach safety issues in the Great Lakes with a focus on rip currents, drownings and the need to improve beach safety.
Dr. Houser will also showcase the impact of Hurricane Fiona and the recovery of the beach dune systems in Prince Edward Island. He will introduce the COASTIE citizen science program with Parks Canada to track beach and dune erosion during extreme storms such as Hurricane Fiona.
After his talk, Dr. Houser invites everyone to stay for a meet and greet cocktail reception. As our new Dean, Dr. Houser is excited to get to know our science alumni and local community. Come introduce yourself!
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Patricia Rintjema.