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Scientists to study coastal evolution in Oman
Khaleej Times Online > REGION
8 November 2010, MUSCAT

A team of scientists has begun a study of coastal evolution in Oman and climate change and its impact on the country.

The project is partially sponsored by the German Research Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG), and the team consists of geosciences professors and research assistants from the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and its German parent-university RWTH Aachen University.
The principal investigator is Professor Dr. Klaus Reicherter, Department of Geohazards and Neotectonics at RWTH Aachen University, and the co-principal investigator is Prof Dr. Goesta Hoffmann of the Department of Applied Geosciences at GUtech.

“Natural hazards are known to have affected the sultanate in the past, for example tropical cyclones and associated flooding,” Hoffmann explained, adding: “However, with a limited record of instrumentally recorded events the scientists will use geological archives, so called proxy-data to reconstruct the events from the past. This is especially important as these results form the basis for a statistical analysis of such extreme events which can be used to reveal recurrence intervals.”

The team will also investigate natural hazards such as hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes.

“All of them are known for having affected the sultanate in the past decades,” Hoffmann noted.

During their field work, the researchers will look for sedimentation deposits from the past 100 to 1,000 years like sand, seashells and plants. They have already discovered 130 sequences of rock structures that indicate rain events.

The samples of rocks will be analysed in laboratories at RWTH Aachen University and at GUtech. “According to the structure of the rocks, we can conclude on the number, duration and intensity of the event. We can analyse the statistics and reveal how often such extreme natural events occur,” Hoffmann said.


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