Technical Program

Technical Program

The Meeting’s Technical Program consists of Symposia, Theme, and General Sessions, arranged in oral and poster sessions as generally described below. The Technical Program begins at 8 a.m. and ends no later than 5:30 p.m. on Monday, 18 March and Tuesday, 19 March. On Wednesday, March 20, it begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon.


Most oral sessions will provide 15 minutes per presentation (12 minutes, presentation; 3 minutes, questions and discussion). Presentations must be prepared using PowerPoint or PDF formats. Presentations created on MacIntosh systems and converted to run on PC’s must be checked before arrival at the meeting and then again in the Speaker Ready Room (see below). One laptop with Windows7 (no Macs available) with Power Point 2010, one LCD projector, and one screen will be provided for all oral sessions. Speakers may not use their own laptops for presentation. Slide projectors, overhead projectors, and multiple screens will not be available. If you have special requests, you must contact the AV coordinator, Greg Barker, (, not later than 8 February 2013.

Speaker Ready Room (Washington Board Room)

All oral session presenters must visit the Speaker Ready Room before their scheduled presentation to ensure their PowerPoint or PDF file is properly configured and operating. Failure to do so may result in presentations being omitted from session sequences. The Speaker Ready Room is open for program checking and speaker assistance as follows:

Sunday, 17 March4–9 p.m.
Monday, 18 March7 a.m.–9 p.m.
Tuesday, March 197 a.m.–9 p.m.
Wednesday, 20 March 207–11 a.m.

Each speaker must bring his or her PowerPoint or PDF presentation on a USB compatible flash drive (a.k.a. thumb drive or memory stick) or a CD-ROM disk to the Speaker Ready Room for checking and uploading to their session’s folder according to the deadlines below:

For Presentations Scheduled Upload Not Later Than
Monday, 18 March, AM 8:30 p.m., Sunday, March 17
Monday, 18 March, PM 10 a.m., Monday, March 18
Tuesday, 19 March, AM 5 p.m., Monday, March 18
Tuesday, 19 March PM 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 19
Wednesday, March 20, AM 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 19

Session Chair Orientations

Each Session Chair is requested to attend the 15-minute “Session Chairs Orientation” held in the morning of the day on which their session is to take place. This meeting will include a review of session time management, AV procedures, and other information affecting the conduct of the day’s sessions.

Session chairs are asked to strictly adhere to the technical program schedule and to limit speakers to their allotted time. If a speaker does not appear for an assigned time slot, session chairs should call for a break or discussion period and begin the following presentation at its scheduled time.

A student volunteer will be assigned to each oral session. Session chairs are asked to meet with the assigned student volunteer before the start of the session. The volunteers are there to help the sessions run smoothly and to contact the AV Coordinator in the event of technical problems.


All Poster Sessions will take place in the Grand Ballroom, South on the Hotels’ main level. Times and subjects are listed in the Program. Poster presenters have one 4’ by 8’ horizontal (landscape) poster display surface. Numbers on these display surfaces correspond to the poster booth numbers listed in the Program. Posters are to be attached to the display surfaces solely by means of push-pins, which will be supplied to presenters at the start of each session. Clip lighting is provided for each poster surface, but no other electrical service is available.


S1. Climate Change in Space and Time.
P. Thompson Davis, Bentley Univ.; David Gilliken, Union College; Donald Rodbell, Union College.
Human-induced climate change is superimposed on myriad natural climate changes on a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Proxy-based reconstructions of past environmental and climatic change provide critical data for assessing current and future environmental and climatic conditions. This symposium will examine the history of climate and environmental change recorded in continuous physical, chemical, and biologic proxy records. The development of new proxy indicators of global change will also be considered. We seek oral and poster presentations that address any aspect of climate change, not necessarily restricted to northeastern North America.

S2. History of Geology in the Northeast: A Symposium to Mark the 125th Anniversary of the Geological Society of America.
Noel Potter, Dickinson College; Woodrow Thompson, Maine Geological Survey.
This symposium will examine the history of geology in the Northeastern U. S. and adjacent Canada. Topics will include the evolution of concepts in various subject areas including bedrock and glacial geology, and the legacies of persons or institutions whose research had far-reaching importance. We will also explore the impact of geology on art, tourism, and possibly other cultural connections. Some presentations will be invited, but volunteered talks or posters will also be welcome for consideration.

S3. The Northern Appalachians: What Have We Learned in the Past 40 Years? A Symposium in Honor of J. Christopher Hepburn
Yvette Kuiper, Colorado School of Mines; Doug Rankin, USGS (retired); Paul Karabinos, Williams College.
Through bedrock mapping, petrology, geochemistry and related methods, Chris Hepburn and his students have contributed to our understanding of the geology of the northern Appalachians over the past 40 years, since the general acceptance of plate tectonics. This symposium focuses on developments in our understanding of plate tectonic processes in the northern Appalachians.

Topical Sessions

T1. Paleoenvironmental Records in the Northeast from the late Pleistocene to the Anthropocene.
Michael Retelle, Bates College; Tim Cook, Worcester State Univ.; Andrea Lini, Univ. of Vermont.
Paleoenvironmental records provide insight into the range and causes of natural climate and landscape variability and provide the needed context for assessing the impacts of recent human activity. This session seeks long-term records of climate and environmental change in the Northeast USA and surrounding areas with the goal of providing a long-term perspective on recent anthropogenic impacts. Studies utilizing a wide range of proxies including those focusing on lake sediments, tree rings, and other paleoenvironmental archives are encouraged.

T2. Lakes as Sentinels for Climate Change: Monitoring and Sedimentary Records at the Junction of Paleo and Modern Limnology.
Lisa Doner, Plymouth State Univ.; Craig E. Williamson, Miami Univ.
Monitoring lake conditions from buoy-based sensors is an increasingly effective approach for detecting climate change and impact of high magnitude events on lake condition over the past 150 years. For example, the passage of Tropical Storm Irene through New England was clearly recorded in the Lake Sunapee, NH buoy data ( These efforts closely complement those of paleolimnologists using sediment traps and varves to reconstruct very high resolution processes, such as individual storms, floods and droughts events. This session invites limnologists involved in lake monitoring and paleolimnologists with high-resolution data sets to present their methodologies and results, especially as they relate to interpretation of climate trends and the impact of events on lake processes. This session aims to create a forum for sharing insights and methods about specific lake responses to climate.

T3. Salt Marsh Ecogeomorphology.
Beverly Johnson, Bates College; Kristin Wilson, Allegheny College; Susan Adamowicz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Salt marshes provide a host of important ecosystem services, such as organic matter production and nutrient cycling, coastline protection, carbon sequestration, and providing habitat for juvenile fish. Yet, they are highly vulnerable to human activity, sea-level rise, and climate change. In this session, we seek papers that explore the interactions between humans and/or the physical, geological, hydrological and ecological processes within salt marshes.

T4. Nearshore and Coastal Processes and Environments in the Northeast.
Joseph Kelly; Univ. of Maine; Daniel Belknap, Univ. of Maine.
Our coastal zone is crowded with a growing population and at the same time threatened by storms and a rising sea. This session seeks oral and poster presentations on contemporary coastal and nearshore processes and depositional environments, including work that connects human activities with coastal landforms.

T5. Critical Zone Processes.
Amada Albright Olsen, Univ. of Maine; Andrew S. Reeve, Univ. of Maine; Sean M.C. Smith, Univ. Maine.
The Critical Zone is a term adopted by the science community used to describe the life-sustaining outer zone of the Earth from the vegetation canopy down to and through ground water systems. We solicit abstracts that explore the intersections between hydrology, geochemistry, geomorphology, and biology near the Earth’s surface. Topics related to chemical and physical weathering, soil production, groundwater pathways, surface flows, erosion and the flux of carbon, nutrients, and sediment in modern catchments are encouraged. We also invite contributions that focus on the role of humans in Critical Zone processes, including the implications of their activities to modern landscape characteristics and dynamics.

T6. State and Fate of Urban Watersheds in the Northeast.
Jonathan R. Gourley, Trinity College; Suzanne O’Connell, Wesleyan Univ.
Urbanization, increased impervious surfaces, and storm water runoff have had, and will continue to have, serious impacts on many watersheds throughout the northeastern U.S. and adjoining parts of Canada. This session invites research that focuses on the environmental issues that currently face urban watersheds from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to geochemistry, hydrology, toxicology, geomorphology, and watershed modeling.

T7. Naturally Occurring Contaminants in Groundwater Used for Water Supply in the Northeastern United States.
Joseph D. Ayotte, USGS; Yan Zheng, Queens College, CUNY, and LDEO, Columbia Univ.
The role of arsenic and other elements in drinking water that are harmful to humans continues to unfold. This session brings together researchers that have new findings related to the occurrence, controls, and implications of trace elements in groundwater used for water supply in the Northeastern USA. We are seeking presentations from the local to regional scale that may affect the way we think of and deal with the natural contaminant problems in groundwater. We encourage presentations that address issues related to drinking water supplies that are affected in some ways by these contaminants, whether entirely natural or enhanced by anthropogenic activities.

T8. Naturally Occurring and Synthetic Fibers including Nanofibers and Nanotubes.
Brooke T. Mossman, Univ. of Vermont; Catherine W. Skinner, Yale Univ.
The goal of this session is to understand the mechanisms of toxicity and disease by naturally occurring fibers including various amphiboles, erionite, crystalline and amorphous fibers observed naturally or produced in industry, and nanofibers. The presenters will include both mineralogists and biologists to allow integration of the chemistry and mineralogy of these fiber types with what is known about their disease potential with an emphasis on epidemiology, pathology and molecular effects.

T9. Geomorphic Impacts of Tropical Storm Irene.
Frank Magilligan, Dartmouth College; Shane Csiki, New Hampshire Geological Survey.
Tropical Storm Irene struck New England on 28 August 2011, took 44 lives in 13 states, caused over $7 billion of damage, dumped up to 11 inches of rain in parts of Vermont, and set historic records for stream and river discharge. We solicit presentations, oral or posters, on fluvial, hillslope/landslides, and coastal impacts from Tropical Storm Irene, as well as recovery and remediation efforts.

T10. Glacial History of the New England–Canadian Border Region.
Woodrow Thompson, Maine Geological Survey; Michel Lamothe, Univ. du Québec à Montréal.
This theme session will address the glacial history of northern New England and adjacent parts of Québec, New Brunswick, and the Lake Champlain region (NY-VT). We invite volunteered talks or posters covering a broad spectrum of topics related to the glacial geology of the region. These may include - but are not limited to - the sequence and chronology of glaciation, ice sheet reconstruction, geochemical dispersal in glacial sediments, meltwater routing, glacial lakes, and the development of our present understanding of the glacial stratigraphy. Presentations linking studies on both sides of the international border are especially welcome.

T11. Dates and Rates: Two Decades of Cosmogenic Studies in Eastern North America, the Canadian Arctic, and Greenland.
Paul R. Bierman, Univ. of Vermont; Lee Corbett, Dartmouth College; Meredith Kelly, Dartmouth College.
Over the last several decades, the application of cosmogenic nuclides in eastern North America, the adjacent Canadian Arctic, and Greenland has provided both specific chronologies and a better understanding of the distribution and effectiveness of glacial and weathering processes. For this session, we encourage both the presentation of new results and compilations of existing cosmogenic nuclide data that help us better understand the comings and goings of ice sheets as well as the processes that change North American and arctic landscapes.

T12. Unconventional Natural Gas Plays in the Eastern U.S. and Canada with Emphasis on the Marcellus Shale and Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing.
Brett McLaurin, Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania; Cynthia Venn, Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania.
The Marcellus Shale has proven to be a significant unconventional natural gas resource in the Eastern U.S. This session seeks both oral and poster presentations to discuss the present knowledge of the geology of the Marcellus Shale and other tight gas formations and the potential future impacts of hydraulic fracturing and waste disposal on groundwater and surface water resources.

T13. Bridging the Curriculum Divide: Using Geophysical Data and Field Methods in Undergraduate Courses to Anchor Theory and Application.
Sean Cornell, Shippensburg Univ.; Joe Zume, Shippensburg Univ.
Simplifications in equipment design and the availability of interpretation software have made it easier to introduce diverse geochemical and geophysical technologies into undergraduate coursework in the geosciences. The goal of this session is to provide a forum for sharing approaches that have allowed successful integration of (or are attempting to integrate) geochemical, geophysical, or other advanced geotechnologies and data into diverse undergraduate courses. We invite presentations that highlight ways in which geotechnologies are being used to engage undergraduate students in geoscience coursework to enhance learning. Papers focusing on intro-level, upper-level, and multi-disciplinary approaches to curriculum integration are encouraged, as are papers that demonstrate educational outcomes that bridge different disciplines. Similarly, papers that demonstrate the use of geochemical or geophysical methods or data, to provide service-learning opportunities for students are also encouraged. Presentations may also include outcome assessment, impact on recruitment and retention of students in geoscience disciplines.

T14. Natural and Induced Seismic Hazards in Intraplate Regions.
John E. Ebel, Weston Observatory, Boston College; Margaret Boettcher, Univ. of New Hampshire.
This session explores the latest observations and analyses of natural and induced earthquakes in intraplate regions and the hazards that those seismic events pose in populated areas. Recent seismic events in 2011, such as the M5.8 earthquake in Mineral, VA (a natural earthquake), the M5.6 earthquake near Shawnee, OK (probably an induced earthquake), and the M4.0 Youngstown, OH earthquake (an induced earthquake), demonstrate the natural and induced seismic hazard in the eastern U.S. This session seeks presentations on past occurrences and future possibilities of such seismic events.

T15. Past, Present and Future Mining in the Northeast USA and Adjacent Canada.
Jeri L. Jones, Jones Geological Services; Brian Skinner, Yale Univ.
wide variety of geology in the region, an assortment of mineral resources has been removed. If it is from the pegmatites in New England, important zinc resources in New York, nickel and chromium ores of Pennsylvania and Maryland, or future plays such as rare earth minerals, we seek both oral and posters presentations to highlight these resources.

T16. Rheological Information from Structures and Microstructures.
Chris Gerbi, Univ. of Maine; Scott Johnson, Univ. of Maine.
Advances in understanding the rheological behavior of Earth's crust and mantle come in part from deformation experiments, but also from field, analytical, and modeling studies of naturally-occurring structures and microstructures. Over several decades, compilation of these studies has led to a working picture of crust/mantle rheology in need of refining. We seek contributions that use any of the above methods to explain naturally-occurring structures and microstructures in a rheological context. Contributions can relate to any lithospheric level and focus on, for example, empirical observations of competency contrasts, methods for quantifying material properties, causes of strain partitioning, or factors that influence rheological change.

T18. Mesozoic Igneous Features of Northeastern North America: Magmatic Origins and Links to Tectonic Events.
J. Gregory McHone, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada; John H. Puffer, Rutgers Univ.; G. Nelson Eby, UMass-Lowell.
Several great magmatic events in northeastern North America are recorded by overlapping provinces of Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous dikes, sills, lavas, and plutonic complexes. They provide clues for the origins of mantle basalts, crustal melting, differentiation of magmas, formation of composite volcanoes, and major fissure eruptions with their environmental impacts. In addition the magmatic events are linked to specific tectonic features and Early Mesozoic rift basins of Pangaea as it separated into new continents and opened the Atlantic Ocean. We invite presentations on both specific features and more general models to describe and explain the origins and significance of these Mesozoic magmas and events.

T20. The New England–Canadian Bedrock and Tectonic Connections.
Keith Klepeis, Univ. of Vermont; John Kim, Vermont Geological Survey.
This session seeks to highlight research that helps to resolve the similarities and differences in the tectonic evolution of the New England and Canadian segments of the northern Appalachians. Contributions that aim to resolve a tectonic problem using various approaches, including elements of structural geology, petrology, geochronology and other fields, are encouraged.

T21. Metamorphic Petrology and Thermodynamic Modeling: Progress and Practice.
Kurt Hollocher, Union College; Matt Manon, Union College.
The past 50 years has seen metamorphic petrology change from basic descriptions to the widespread use of thermodynamic models. Models have grown from simple geothermometers and barometers, to calculating phase relations across P-T-X space. With new capabilities come new insights and opportunities, but also the same old problems: interpreting both the rocks and the model results. This session will cover modern metamorphic petrology in all its forms as a key to understand geologic processes and problems. Topics can include but are not limited to: interpreting mineral textures and compositions, P-T estimates and P-T-t paths, partial melting, mineral zoning and metamorphic reactions, fluid-rock interactions, mountain belt evolution, modeling pitfalls and limitations, and new directions.

T22. Innovations in Geoscience Education and Research Using Google Earth and Related Digital Technologies.
Steve Whitmeyer, James Madison Univ.; Declan De Paor, Old Dominion Univ.
This oral session will focus on innovative ways that Google Earth and related digital technologies can be used to enhance student learning and promote effective presentation of geoscience research results. Speakers are encouraged to present innovative models using modern digital techniques such as digital maps, virtual field trips, inquiry-based hands-on explorations, games, scaffolded learning experiences, social media, adaptive technology, augmented reality, simulations, and animations.

T23. Getting The Work Done: State Geological Surveys; Partnering and Progress.
Robert Marvinny, Maine Geological Survey; Laurence Becker, Vermont Geological Survey; Jonathan Kim, Vermont Geological Survey; Rick Chormann, New Hampshire Geological Survey.
To serve the needs of the citizens of the Northeast, State Geological Surveys assemble resources for projects to provide framework and applied information on a range of geo-science topics. Whether working with survey personnel or integrating with academics, students, and/or contractors, the necessary expertise is brought to bear to address science and applied problems. For this theme session, we seek submissions on applied collaborative research between state surveys and academic geology or contractors on topics such as hydrogeology, groundwater geochemistry, natural hazards, geomorphology, and geothermal issues.

T24. The History of Exhumation in the Appalachians from Orogenic to Glacial Rebound.
Robert P. Wintsch, Indiana Univ.; Mary Roden-Tice, SUNY-Plattsburgh.
We would like to invite submissions to a theme session on exhumation rates, dates, and T-t paths in the northern Appalachians. The application of 40Ar/39Ar thermochronometers has expanded to allow us to identify Paleozoic exhumation in response to orogenic processes, and syn-exhumation structures. Apatite fission track studies have taken this story into the Mesozoic to reveal reactivation of older faults, and tilting of major crustal blocks. We welcome submissions on any of these processes including lower temperature thermochronometers such as (U-Th)/He and those which record more recent geomorphic exhumation such as cosmogenic isotopes.

T25. Environmental Geochemistry of Contaminants.
Rudolph Hon, Boston College; Melissa Lombard, Keene State College; Douglas Allen, Salem State Univ.
This session seeks abstracts that explore geochemical aspects of natural and/or anthropogenic sources of contaminants in air, sediment, or water systems. A wide range of contaminants may be considered including emerging contaminants such as nanoparticles and personal care products as well as regulated contaminants such as MTBE and PCBs. Naturally occurring contaminants such as lead and mercury are of interest as well. Topics may include characterizing contaminant occurrences plus fate and transport of these contaminants to novel remediation strategies.

T27. The Emerging LiDAR Landscape: Applications of Digital Terrain Data in Research, Mapping, and Design.
Rick Chormann, New Hampshire Geological Survey; Fay Rubin, Univ. of New Hampshire.
Airborne and terrestrial LiDAR technologies have created new opportunities for visualizing and analyzing the physical landscape. High-resolution LiDAR datasets for topographic and bathymetric surfaces are becoming increasingly available in the public domain. As an example, airborne laser swath mapping data were released in 2011 for 9,000 square miles within the coastal region of 7 Northeast states, extending from New York City to Eastport, ME. This theme session will highlight innovative and diverse uses of LiDAR data in geology, hydrology, and engineering.

T28. Connecting Students with Place: Technology-Enhanced Teaching Using Local Resources. Tarin Weiss, Westfield State Univ.; Bruce Rueger, Colby College.
This theme session solicits talks and posters highlighting courses, activities, and/or research using local areas, resources, and/or data for geoscience instruction. The goal of the session is to bring together a rich grouping of practices and ideas that engage students in learning about their communities and regions in engaging relevant ways. Preference for acceptance is toward technology-rich programs (use of real-time data and/or instructional technologies) that enhance and drive the learning experience.

T29. Refining the Iconic New York Devonian: A New Time-Rock Synthesis.
Charles Ver Straeten, New York Geological Survey; Carlton Brett, Univ. of Cincinnati; Gordon Baird, SUNY-Fredonia; D. Jeffrey Over, SUNY-Geneseo.
From the pioneering work of James Hall (1842) and contemporaries to publication of Rickard’s (1975) Devonian time-rock chart, New York’s Devonian succession has served as an evolving standard for eastern North American correlations and a major reference for global Devonian studies. Given the application of new stratigraphic approaches such as sequence stratigraphy, event stratigraphy, and chemostratigraphy, changes to the time-rock chart are long overdue. This session will bring together experts toward production of a new Devonian stratigraphic synthesis and time-rock chart for New York.

T30. Ground-Penetrating Radar Investigations for Geologic Formations.
Steven Arcone, U.S. Army ERDC-Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory; Seth Campbell, Climate Change Institute, Univ. of Maine.
Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is a widespread tool for terrestrial investigations to depths of ~40 meters using a variety of pulse bandwidths. We welcome contributions on the use of GPR to obtain reflection profiles of sedimentary and rock formations, with particular appreciation for discussions of glacial and periglacial deposits, hydrology and bedrock formations, and papers on new technical developments or processing approaches that increase penetration and resolution and improve acquisition techniques.

T31. The New England Legacy of Jim Thompson: Stratigraphy, Tectonics, Phase Petrology, and Crystal Chemistry.
Peter Robinson, Geological Survey of Norway; Charles Burnham, Fort Lewis College and Prof. Emeritus, Harvard Univ.
This Session will assemble colleagues, former students, and friends whose career interests and results were founded on early leadership provided by the late Jim Thompson, a dedicated New England enthusiast, avid skier, and lover of the outdoors. We invite contributions across the entire spectrum of Jim’s interests and expertise. The Session will consist of 20-minute talks dealing with both new and older science that Jim helped inspire, along with more general remarks about Jim’s own special contributions to New England geology and beyond. Personal reminiscences are welcome. An informal reception will follow the Session.

T32. Mineral Transformations in the Environment: Geobiological and Geochemical Aspects.
Dawn Cardace, Univ. of Rhode Island; Amanda Olsen, Univ. of Maine; Nishanta Rajakaruna, College of the Atlantic.
Minerals in reaction with their environment yield diverse products that provide micro and macro-scale information about reaction history, conditions, and pathways. Of particular interest are settings in which reducing and oxidizing systems are brought together, providing energy for microbiological activity. We invite contributions that consider how mineral evolution links geology, biology, and chemistry at any scale. Field, experimental, and modeling research problems are welcome.

T33. Watershed Management: BIO-GEO-CHEMICAL Perspectives.
John Rayburn, SUNY New Paltz; Shafiul Chowdhury, SUNY New Paltz.
This session will focus on watershed management studies from a broad range of perspectives. Many recent watershed management and planning efforts have been done through multi-disciplinary approaches. Papers submitted to this session might be from any number of perspectives including: surface and groundwater hydrology, geomorphology, aquatic biology and ecology, water chemistry, remote sensing, subsurface geophysics, geological mapping, watershed modeling, or planning and maintenance practices. Undergraduate papers are strongly encouraged.

T34. Engineering Geology in the 21st Century.
Brad Miller, Haley & Aldrich; Nicholas Strater, Brierly Associates.
This session seeks presentations related to state-of-the-art geotechnical engineering and underground construction practices in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic States, specifically to demonstrate the importance of and reliance on sound geologic characterization and interpretation for engineering challenges and the need for strong geological knowledge in underground engineering, heavy civil construction, hydrogeology, and related consulting fields. The session is not intended to solicit routine “environmental” industry projects, such as soil and groundwater remediation, shallow site characterization, or challenging regulatory hurdles, unless they involve unique construction approaches requiring specialized geological evaluations. Topics may include: Multi-well Cold Rock Geothermal Systems, Soil/Rock Slope Design/Remediation, Storm Damage Mitigation, Complex Stormwater Infiltration Systems, Trenchless Technology/Horizontal Drilling, and Geotechnical Aspects of Highway, Bridge, or Dam Construction.

T35. The Geomorphic Impact of Hurricane Sandy: Predictions Made, Damage Done, Clean-Up & Mitigation.
David Wunsch, Delaware Geological Survey; Rick Chormann, New Hampshire Geological Survey; Stephen Pollock, Univ. Southern Maine.
This newly organized session will describe and analyze coastal, riverine, and slope impacts generated by Hurricane Sandy from the important point of view of those near its “front lines”—the region’s state geologists and others closely associated with the unprecedented storm. Favored presentations will be preliminary “case histories” and other similar observation-based talks. It’s important to recognize that our meeting occurs too soon after the event for much systematic science to yet be generated, but documenting the storm’s impacts is the best way to stimulate that sort of science in the months and years ahead. The usual standards and deadline for abstract submission will be relaxed in the interest of time, but abstracts will be carefully reviewed by the conveners before inclusion in the program.

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