Guest Jane Willenbring is a geoscientist who studies accelerating coastal erosion. The challenge lies not in understanding why coasts are receding today, but in determining what they looked like a thousand years ago to know how much they’ve changed — a secret revealed in coastal rocks through isotopes shaped by cosmic radiation. But measurement is only one part of the equation, she says. We must now think about erosion’s impact on humans, Willenbring tells host Russ Altman on this episode of Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything podcast.
[00:00:00] Jane Willenbring: Because we can tell people this is the amount that the coastline is going to retreat over the next, you know, decade, two decades, 50 years, 100 years. And so, if we have to invoke something like managed retreat where people actually are moved away from the coastline where railroads are moved away from the coastline. That is something where we can actually give people advanced notice, which you’d think would be a good thing.[00:00:30]
[00:00:34] Russ Altman: This is Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything and I’m your host Russ Saltman. If you enjoy the podcast, please follow or subscribe to it wherever you listen to podcasts. Today, Jane Willenbring will tell us about Coastal Erosion. Why it’s happening and what it means for our future. It’s the future of coastal erosion.
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