The geological oceanography group studies processes and products of sedimentation, dominantly in the fine-grained environments of estuarine, coastal and continental margin regions. Using a suite of naturally occurring and anthropogenic radionuclides, the group can examine biological mixing rates, flood sedimentation, sediment accumulation on a variety of time scales, and the record of anthropogenic impact on the coastal zone.
The geological oceanography group also studies Georgia’s ever-changing coastline, as shorelines erode and accrete, and barrier islands migrate in an era of rising sea level. The group utilizes sophisticated Geographic Information System tools to monitor and track the changes along the Georgia coast.
Examples of geological oceanographic research at UGA Skidaway include: