Shoring Up the Nation’s Crumbling Coastlines

22:42 minutes

Aftermath from Hurricane Sandy in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Photo by /flickr/CC BY 2.0
Aftermath from Hurricane Sandy in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Photo by Shawn Perez/flickr/CC BY 2.0

Hurricane Sandy pummeled the beaches of the Northeast, stripping away sand and dunes, and ploughing through seawalls. Can beaches be rebuilt to face fiercer storms and rising seas? And is there even enough sand to do it? Ira Flatow and guests discuss engineering the nation’s coasts for “the new normal.”

Segment Guests

Jeffress Williams

Jeffress Williams is a senior scientist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey at Woods Hole Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Rob Young

Rob Young is director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines and a coastal geology professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Keith Watson

Keith Watson is a civil engineer and project manager in the Philadelphia district for the Army Corps of Engineers based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.