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March 8, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Old Main #0121 | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Earth and Environmental Science Seminar Series presents: "Searching for storms – methods, findings, and the future of paleotempestology" with Dr. Thomas Bianchette, Research Scientist, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Michigan - Dearborn, MI.

Abstract: Hurricanes often cause significant environmental, social, and economic damages. Since 2017, the U.S. coasts have been devastated by powerful hurricanes such as Harvey (Texas), Irma (South Florida), María (Puerto Rico), and Michael (Florida Panhandle) that caused destruction from a combination of torrential rains, fierce winds, storm surge inundation, and fluvial flooding. As coastal communities are becoming more susceptible due to climate change, understanding hurricane-induced geomorphological impacts and their recurrence intervals is crucial toward better understanding past, present, and future activity regimes. Through paleotempestological methodologies and analyses, multi-centennial to millennial hurricane reconstructions can be obtained, vital for understanding activity periodicities, climatological forcing mechanisms, and future coastal risks. This talk will focus on five themes: societal damages from recent events, hurricane-induced geomorphological and hydrological impacts, the progression of methodologies and proxy techniques, recent discoveries, and the future of paleotempestological research.

Biography: Dr. Thomas Bianchette received his doctorate in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2014. After working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at LSU for 4 years, Dr. Bianchette joined the faculty of the Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Michigan-Dearborn as an Assistant Research Scientist in 2018. He is an active researcher in the burgeoning field of paleotempestology, broadly defined as the study of past tropical cyclone activity through geological proxies. His research interests and specialties include natural hazards, Quaternary paleoenvironments, paleoclimatology, palynology, geochemistry, and geospatial analysis. Dr. Bianchette has 17 publications in journals including The Holocene, Journal of Quaternary Science, Journal of Coastal Research, Climate Dynamics, and Water.

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