This working group is focused on the issue of coastal erosion as it affects human communities past and present. One the one hand, coastal erosion threatens many existing coastal communities today, and clearly has threatened and even destroyed many such communities in the past. The threat appears to be increasing due to sea level rise. As such, it is important to understand the phenomenon and human responses to it, both successful and unsuccessful, in order to guide meaningful discussion and response to the problems that arise from coastal erosion.
On the other hand, coastal erosion is a serious threat to the coastal archeological record which hold so much of the data that are needed to place not only coastal erosion, but many other aspects of human ecodynamics, in the broad spatial and temporal perspective that is needed to develop a meaningful and actionable understanding of such issues, as opposed to snapshots of moments in time.
Membership of this working group is open to all GHEA members who are concerned with coastal erosion and its effects on human communities past and present, including effects on the coastal archaeological and paleoecological record. Membership is not restricted to those with technical expertise on the subject (although they are warmly welcomed). Those who have practical experience or who are contemplating dealing with coastal erosion are encouraged to join.
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