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Development along the coasts of Oregon and Washington is threatened by a variety of natural hazards, including coastal erosion, landslides, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Property losses have increased significantly in recent years due to past land-use and management practices and an intensification of the physical processes that drive coastal change. This field trip will visit a number of sites that document or illustrate the processes that shape Pacific Northwest coastal geomorphology and create hazards, including potentially catastrophic tsunamis generated by the Cascadia subduction zone. New research documenting ocean processes (including the role of changing wave climates, storm surges, El Nino's,...

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