Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education Assessment and Research

Chris Sommerfield
Chris Sommerfield

Associate Professor
University of Delaware

Climate Science Specialties: Oceanography

Chris' research involves at-sea sampling and laboratory work to characterize transport pathways of sedimentary matter from diverse sources to depositional sinks. A specialty is use of naturally occurring and anthropogenic radionuclides as particle tracers and chronometers. Measured distributions of radionuclides in estuarine and coastal waters convey unique information on particle sources, residence times, and rates of accumulation. This information is used to determine historical patterns and rates of sedimentation, develop sediment budgets, and to validate numerical models of material transport.