For Immediate Release
Contact Sean Rafferty,
February 22, 2021

Pennsylvania Sea Grant Webinar Series: PA Lake Erie bluff recession – a deep dive into the science and latest resources
Continuing Education Credits Available for Webinar Series

(ERIE, PA) - Pennsylvania Sea Grant has launched a webinar series to highlight recent research and state-of-the-art science conducted along the Pennsylvania Lake Erie shoreline to aide in efforts to assess bluff erosion along the Pennsylvania Lake Erie coast.

Bluff recession poses a threat to the Pennsylvania Lake Erie economy, environment, and safety of its residents. The 76.6-mile long Pennsylvania Lake Erie shoreline includes Presque Isle State Park, Erie Bluffs State Park, several public access points, and privately owned properties.

Researchers from Pennsylvania Sea Grant and Penn State Behrend have assessed recession rates of the Lake Erie bluff using state-of-the-art remotely sensed data, including LiDAR and orthoimagery. The data and new information collected as a result of the effort will be integrated with existing Pennsylvania Lake Erie-related ecological and economic data, services, guidance, and information in order to assist decision-makers, planners and homeowners, and to better sustain Lake Erie’s natural shoreline.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available for attendees of 3 out of 4 webinars. CEUs are being offered through Penn State Behrend for 4 hours (0.4 CEUs) for a fee of $35. If interested, participants must first contact Sean Rafferty, PA Sea Grant Research Director ( for details.

Funding was provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Program.

Session 2: Assessing Bluff Recession Using High Resolution Geospatial Data - February 26, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST - Presenter: Mike Naber, Ph.D., Associate Teaching Professor of Geosciences, Penn State Behrend   REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED -

Full details for each of the webinar sessions is available online at

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