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Using Google Earth in the Study of Shoreline Erosion Process

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Engineering Technology Division Poster Session

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Engineering Technology

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Jiliang Li P.E. Purdue University - Northwest

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Jiliang Li, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University Northwest, North Central Campus. Before coming back to teach at University, he had industrial experience in several States with projects consulting experience ranging from small residential, commercial and subdivision projects to large scale State DOT and federal projects after additional courses work and research study of geotechnical engineering at UAkron. He has strong teaching interests ranging from mining rock mechanics and engineering to civil/geotechnical and foundation engineering in particular. He earned his D.Eng (Ph.D. in Engineering Science of Mining Engineering) from University of Science and Technology Beijing and also holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Alabama, respectively. With an interdisciplinary background, Dr. Li also has strong interest in transportation and water resources problems related to geotechnical engineering and other disciplines closely tied to geo-engineering's learning, discovery and engagement study and collaboration.

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This paper focuses on the application of Google Earth to the temporal and spatial study of the history of shoreline erosion along a section of Lake Michigan, in particular through a demonstration of the erosion at Illinois Beach State Park north unit area. Geotechnical site investigation and coastal shoreline erosion have been investigated using Google Earth history functions. The investigation results are of general interest to the general public, federal and local governments like FEMA, environmental protection agency (EPA) and practicing engineers and entering undergraduate students of geotechnical engineering in particular. Real time climate precipitation combined with regional geology information can be reviewed for the illustration of using Google Earth in geoengineering site investigation study. Other geotechnical and hydrologic engineering applications of Google Earth are also discussed.

Li, J. (2016, June), Using Google Earth in the Study of Shoreline Erosion Process Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27148

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