One of the tradeoffs of living near the ocean is vulnerability to risks like hurricanes and floods. Even more vulnerable? Low-income people, the elderly, and those with health problems or disabilities. Scientists at the University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography are pulling together data from a variety of sources - mostly the federal government - to better understand those vulnerabilities.
Coastal-area researchers are hoping to dispel a widely-held notion on Georgia's coast: that hurricanes never will be a threat. Georgia hasn't taken a direct hit from a major hurricane in more than a century. Over the last hundred years, only four minor storms made landfall here. The last one was David 33 years ago.
Researchers say, there's little difference between new "eco-friendly" docks and those that don't even try to protect salt marshes. Scientists spent three years studying new different types of docks designed to cast fewer shadows on the marsh. They concluded, they're not much better than ordinary docks.
A researcher has ruled out lack of maintenance as a reason banks along the state's Intracoastal Waterway are eroding. A Georgia scientist looked at erosion on the snake-shaped boating route that serves recreational boaters. Geologist Clark Alexander says, he found, boaters are causing the erosion.
Even though the Japanese earthquake occured on the other side of the world, it still registered as massive to Georgians monitoring the earth. One geologist on the Georgia coast says, the earthquake's massive tidal wave likewise will be measured in oceans all over the world -- if only barely.