beach with red warning flagDean of science Chris Houser will discuss the dangers of rip currents in four public lectures in the Maritimes this week.

Dean headed east to discuss science of rip currents

A series of public lectures in two Atlantic provinces will share UWindsor expertise in a danger lurking off Canada’s coast.

Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that can swiftly transport swimmers a significant distance off-shore. Dean of science Chris Houser, a geomorphologist of coastal and aeolian environments, will explain how to spot a rip current and what to do if you find yourself in one in his presentation “Rip currents: A Hazard in the Maritimes.”

Dr. Houser’s research includes working with officials in Costa Rica to prevent drowning deaths and improve beach safety by developing a better understanding of potentially hazardous rip currents.

He will make four public presentations over the next three days in the New Brunswick cities of Moncton, St. John, and Fredericton, and Charlottetown, PEI.