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Christopher Sommerfield


Research Interests: geological oceanography, coastal and estuarine sediment dynamics, radionuclide tracers of material transport

Oceanographic research in my laboratory focuses on natural and human influences on sedimentary processes in the coastal ocean. We conduct observational studies in a wide range of estuarine and marine environments to characterize processes and rates of sediment transport, to address basic and applied questions concerning the flux of sedimentary materials from land to sea. Our specialty is use of naturally occurring and anthropogenic radionuclides as particle tracers and chronometers. Measured distributions of radionuclides in water and sediments convey information on particle sources, transport pathways, and fate. This information is used to determine patterns and rates of sedimentation, develop sediment budgets, and validate numerical models of transport.


• Coastal-Zone Management


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA
Phone: 302-831-2841 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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