Anything travelling from the shoreline to the ocean and vice versa - water, fish larvae, sand, pollutants - must go through the shallow inner shelf, which connects the beach to the deep ocean. Writing in a recent Oceanus article, physical oceanography graduate student Rachel Horwitz, describes the fieldwork her research involves and the impact of her findings on what is known about how sediments are transported in near-coastal waters. Rachel is a physical oceanography student in th MIT-WHOI Joint Program. Her advisor is Steve Lentz at WHOI.
Read more at Oceanus.