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9/13/2017 - McAuliffe Expected to Visit Shore Next Week - Click here to print this information

Governor McAuliffe is expected to be on the Shore next week. The governor will attend a demonstration at the Virginia Space/ Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceports unmanned aerial systems runway on Wallops Island.

"Barrier island dynamics have become an area of growing interest to land managers of U.S. coastal states and counties," said Dr. Michael Fenster, Randolph-Macon College. "This effort will provide the best science available to make this area resilient taking into account all stakeholder interests."

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson and other state and federal dignitaries are expected to attend the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Institute (MACRI) event at the Virginia Space/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport unmanned aerial systems runway on Wallops Island. The Wallops Island area is uniquely situated for supporting investigations with manned and unmanned system in three key operational realms: air, land, and sea.

A coastal science research team from the College of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point; University of Delaware, Newark; and Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, have developed a proposal using a combination of subaqueous and aerial manned and autonomous resources to determine the impacts of sea-level rise and storms on barrier island systems.

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