Guest Expert: Dr. Carolyn Currin
Date of Webinar: December 9, 2015 at 4PM Eastern
Topic/Title: Living Shorelines: What, Why, and Where
Description: The term “Living Shorelines” represents a new approach to shoreline stabilization, which is of increasing concern to coastal communities. Traditional shoreline hardening approaches, including bulkheads, result in a loss of coastal habitats such as salt marshes, oyster reefs, or mangroves. However, these habitats have the ability to protect shorelines, and can be utilized to improve coastal resilience to storms and sea level rise. Recent research has demonstrated the effectiveness of Living Shorelines in many settings. Widespread implementation of this approach remains a challenge, due to regulatory, business and cultural hurdles.
Guest Expert Bio: Dr. Currin leads a Coastal and Estuarine Ecology team investigating ecosystem structure, function and response to environmental change. Recent work has investigated the response of salt marshes to sea level rise, the effect of shoreline stabilization on estuarine intertidal habitats, and the ecology of fringing salt marshes. Food web research has emphasized use of stable isotopes to determine trophic relationships in natural and restored estuarine systems, and to delineate the role of benthic primary producers in supporting fishery production in coastal and reef ecosystems, including Marine Protected Areas. Currin has a PhD in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and has been employed at the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory since 1988.
Click HERE to view the recorded webinar.
- Pre/post webinar reading: NOAA Guidance on Living Shorelines and Weighing your Options (NC handbook for property owners)
- Additional resources:
- Shoreline Erosion Control Using Marsh Vegetation and Low-cost Structures (NOAA Sea Grant)
- Engineering away our natural defenses: An analysis of shoreline hardening in the U.S. (ESA Journals; login required)
- Living Shorelines: Coastal Resilience with a Blue Carbon Benefit (PLOS One; open access)
- Breaking the Waves (Science Magazine; login required)