Adapting to shoreline retreat: Finding a path forward with Kiki Patsch and Ryan Anderson | Shorewords!

September 16, 2021

Another look behind the scenes of a Shore & Beach article.

On this episode of Shorewords!, join host Lesley Ewing in conversation with Dr. Kiki Patsch and Dr. Ryan Anderson about their article in the Fall 2020 issue of Shore & Beach, Adapting to shoreline retreat: Finding a path forward, also co-authored by Dr. Gary Griggs and Dr. Charles Lester.  The discussion covers the coastal changes that are expected with rising sea level and shoreline retreat, ways to convey information of shoreline change to people in coastal communities, issues with both infrastructure and private development, and changes in coastal economics.   The episode ends with some favorite coastal books and, of course, favorite beaches.

Show Transcription
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Lesley Ewing

Hello. I’m Lesley Ewing, host of Shorewords!. This podcast combines two of my favorite things – the ocean and books. I learned to swim before I could walk and looked forward each summer to my family’s vacation at Ocean City, Maryland. As a student I was interested in science and engineering and became an environmental engineer before learning that there was something called coastal engineering. Both my 1 st and 2 nd mid-life crises resulted in me going back to school – first for a Masters of Engineering at UC Berkeley and later for a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. The first crisis also moved me from DC to the SF Bay. The second crisis reminded me how much I liked to read. Getting a Ph.D. while working a 40+-hour/week job meant that my only reading was work reports, text books and technical articles. They were all important and interesting books, but as soon as school ended, I replaced my academic text books with broader literature and realized that the coast was often a character in the fiction and non-fiction that I read. I am still fascinated by every visit to the ocean and remain in awe of what others write about the coast.