The National Park Service manages 88 shoreline parks, representing 11,000 acres. Those in the Southeast region are especially vulnerable to rising seas.
To be prepared and ultimately protect its asset, the NPS has a four-step action plan: collect data, predict future conditions, conduct vulnerability assessments, and adapt. Rebecca Beavers, Ph.D., and Coastal Geology and Coastal Adaptation Coordinator for NPS looks at Fort Frederica here on St. Simons Island and how NPS is working to understand and adapt to rising seas.
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Since 2000, Rebecca Beavers has served as coastal geology and coastal adaptation coordinator for the National Park Service, where she is the point of contact for sea-level change, coastal adaptation to climate change, and coastal geomorphology related issues. Rebecca coordinates coastal adaptation efforts underway at the park level and with the Department of Interior (DOI) initiatives. Rebecca worked as a geologist and oceanographer in a variety of upland and submerged coastal areas with the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Rebecca has a Ph.D. in Geology from Duke University and a B.A. in Biology and Geology from Williams College.