Four lecture series, looking at a variety of topics from damaging coastal storms to marine archaeology, will be featured at the 30th Coast Day, to be held, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1, on the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. Coast Day is sponsored by the University of Delaware’s College of Marine and Earth Studies and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.
The Coastal Storm Lectures will feature the premiere of the video “The ’62 Storm—A Shared Response,” funded by the Delaware Humanity Forum and Delaware DNREC and produced by Anew, Inc. of Wilmington, at 12:30 p.m. in the Harbor Room of the Virden Center. The video features firsthand accounts from people who lived through the damaging three-day Northeaster, often called “Delaware’s Coastal Storm of the Century,” that claimed lives, homes and property along the coastline throughout the mid-Atlantic.
The Coastal Storm lectures will also feature Louis W. Uccellini, director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, speaking at 1:30 p.m. on “Northeasters”; Gary S. Szatkowski of the National Weather Service at 2:15 p.m. on “Hurricanes”; and Michael Powell, coordinating officer for the National Flood Insurance Program in Delaware, at 3 p.m. on “Flood Insurance: What You Need to Know.” The lectures will be in the Harbor Room of the Virden Center.
A second Anew, Inc. video, titled “White Gold,” will be screened at 3 p.m. in Room 202 of Cannon Laboratory as part of the Delaware Bay Lecture Series. The video looks at the oyster industry, past and present, on the Delaware Bay. It features interviews with oystermen and historians, and includes footage of the restored oyster schooner Maggie Myers out of Bowers Beach. This video was funded by the Delaware Humanities Forum and the production company.
The Delaware Bay Lecture Series will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation “Water Quality of the Delaware River and Bay Over the Past 100 Years: From Good to Bad to Good Again” by Jonathan H. Sharp, UD professor of oceanography. The Lecture Series will continue at 2 p.m. with James Valle discussing “The Kent County Oyster Fleet,” and at 3 p.m. with the “White Gold” premiere. Both lectures and the screening will be in Room 202 of Cannon Laboratory.
Two Coastal Heritage Lectures will be held in the Schooner Room of the Virden Center. At 1 p.m., Dan Griffith of the Lewes Maritime Archaeological Project and Chuck Fithian of the Delaware Historic Preservation Office will discuss “Archaeology of an 18th Century British Commercial Vessel.”
At 2:30 p.m., Bob Trapani, founder of the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation and executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation, will present the Lighthouse Lecture on “Delaware’s Guardians of the Coast.” Trapani is author of the books Lighthouses of New Jersey and Delaware and Lighthouses of Maryland and Virginia, and a book signing will follow the lecture.
The Ocean Science Lecture Series will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Room 203 of Cannon Laboratory, with a presentation on "Meeting Global Commitments on Oceans: How Well Are We Doing?" by Biliana Cicin-Sain, UD professor of marine policy.
The series will continue with "Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise?" presented by Mark E. Warner, UD assistant professor of biology and biochemistry, at 1:30 p.m., and "The Oceans in a Time of Global Change" presented by David A. Hutchins, UD professor of oceanography, at 2:30 p.m.
A number of businesses, industries and organizations are sponsoring special exhibits and events at Coast Day, including the Cape Gazette in Lewes; the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation; Delmarva Power; DuPont-Clear Into the Future; Maritrans Operating Company in Philadelphia; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C.; Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Project; Sunoco, Inc., in Philadelphia; and the Water Resources Agency of the University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration.
Admission to Coast Day is free; parking is $2. For more information, contact the UD Marine Public Education Office at (302) 831-8083, or visit the Coast Day Web site at www.ocean.udel.edu/coastday.