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Coastal dune experts visit from Hope College, Michigan

Coastal Dune visit Monday 21 September 2015

American coastal dune experts from Hope College, Michigan, were welcomed to the Faculty of Science, Department of Geography and Environmental Science at Liverpool Hope University.

Dr Ed Hansen, from the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and Dr Brian Yurk, from the Department of Mathematics at Hope College, met with Hope staff and undertook a series of field visits.

With the support of Rev. Prof. David Chester and Dr Kevin Crawford, the pair visited the north Wirral foreshore, the Sefton coast dunes, and dune sites along the North Wales coast. The programme also included a brief visit to Plas Caerdeon and the glaciated landscapes of Snowdonia National Park.

Visits to the coastal dune sites included an examination of recent research contract work undertaken by the Sand Dune and Shingle Network for the Welsh Government Agency Natural Resources Wales. The work aims to rejuvenate coastal dune processes by remobilising stabilised parabolic dunes and punching through areas of frontal dunes to provide a sediment pathway between the beach and dune areas. It links very closely to research undertaken by Dr Hansen and Dr Yurk on the Great Lakes dunes in the US.

Director of the Sand Dune and Shingle Network Paul Rooney, who is based in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at Hope, facilitated the visit to create teaching and staff exchange opportunities, and to identify collaborative research projects.

Click here for more information on the Sand Dune and Shingle Network.

Picture: Dr Hansen and Dr Yurk 


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