- Coastal Processes and Erosion
- Coastal Cliff Retreat
- Natural Hazards
- Quantitative Geomorphology
Adam Young’s research focuses on coastal physical processes and quantitative coastal evolution on time scales important to modern society. He is specifically interested in coastal erosion, hazards, geomorphology, sea level rise, sediment budgets, and anthropogenic influences on the coastal system.
Young uses field based and remote sensing instrumentation including LiDAR, seismometers, ocean wave sensors, video monitoring, drones, photogrammetry, and micro-erosion meters to quantify coastal process interaction. His studies have focused intensively on the California coast, but he has also studied other coastlines including Australia, New Zealand, France, UK, Hawaii, and North Carolina. Young's research has received state and national awards, international media attention, and recognition by the California State Senate for excellence.