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Available Expert - Queen’s coastal engineer deploys ocean sensors to monitor Hurricane Maria

Monday, September 25, 2017

Queen’s University professor Ryan Mulligan is available to discuss his deployment of pressure sensors into the ocean off North Carolina to analyze wave activity. He is in the state from Monday to Thursday as part of a larger rapid response effort to observe storms as they occur.

“Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico, Dominica and other regions,” says Dr. Mulligan. “As of right now, the storm is not projected to make landfall in the United States, but our team will be working with US researchers at the US Army Corp of Engineers Field Research site in Duck, North Carolina to monitor waves, as we expect surf to be quite large along the coast.”

Dr. Mulligan is a coastal engineer and oceanographer with interests in the physical forces that cause changes to coastal regions and the ways in which coastal regions respond. He focuses particularly on surface waves, ocean currents, the transport of sediments and contaminants , and geomorphology of coastlines and seabeds.

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