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Lecture: A Tempest in a Salt Pond: 200 Years of Hurricane, Wildfires and Human Activity in Falmouth”
March 5, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
2015 Winter and Spring Speaker Series
The 300 Committee Land Trust
& Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.
Dr. Jeff Donnelly, a geologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, studies how climate variability changes tropical cyclone activity, alters sea levels and affects water availability. In addition, his research seeks to understand the impact of a changing climate on terrestrial and coastal landforms and ecosystems. Through the examination of a 2,000-year record of sediment preserved at the bottom of Salt Pond in Falmouth, Jeff and his team have found evidence of many large-scale storms making landfall. Jeff’s presentation will highlight what the sediment and pollen data collected from this great pond tells us about past climate change, sea-level rise and hurricane strikes, and what these findings may mean for Falmouth’s future.