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Coastal Processes, Geomorphology and Erosion


Researcher: Dr Norm Catto

The coastline of Newfoundland responds to changes in weather, storm activity, sea ice extent, sea level change, and human modification. Focus areas of study include:

  • changes in relative sea level
  • rates and processes of coastal erosion
  • impacts on infrastructure and communities
  • sensitivity of beaches to petroleum contamination
  • sedimentology and coastal dynamics

Impacts of Climate Change in Atlantic Canada, TWOS analysis: presented at Moncton, NB, 25 June 2008

Impacts of Climate Change and Variation on the Natural Areas of Newfoundland and Labrador-Executive summary. The complete report (35 M) is available upon e-mail request to ncatto (at)

Sedimentology and Sensitivity to Petroleum Pollution, Southern Shore Beaches - poster, Etheridge and Catto

Beach litter: volumes, sources, and movement, Avalon Peninsula - poster, Pink and Catto

Climate Change and Coastal Erosion in Newfoundland

Sea Level Rise and Climate Change in NL

Climate and Hazards in Eastern and Central NL

Resource-based activities in Atlantic Canada: Adaptations to climate change

Climate change and Natural Areas in Atlantic Canada

Climate and Municipalities

Climate and Atlantic Resources

Tourism in the Changing Climate of Eastern Newfoundland

Coastal Trails in the Changing Climate of Atlantic Canada

Coastal Erosion in Prince Edward Island

Climate and Fresh Water in Atlantic Canada

Climate and Deciduous Forests in Maritime Canada

Glacial Record in Prince Edward Island

Impact of Storms and Winds on Transportation, SW Newfoundland

Natural Hazards

Cape Onion