Is that a storm on the horizon? Or is it a “live chat” on sea level rise and coastal storms, hosted by the National Science Foundation and featuring Virginia Tech’s own Jennifer Irish, a coastal engineer in the College of Engineering?

The NSF’s Division Director for Ocean Sciences David Conover is also likely to participate.

It’s in the works, like a tropical storm getting ready to cross the Atlantic. It will probably make landfall in September or October. We will keep you updated.

The NSF has hosted several live chats in the past, including this one on avalanches.

Irish, in the meantime, published a study about two adjacent towns on the Jersey shore.

Before Hurricane Sandy made landfall on Oct. 29, 2012, there were few differences in the residential development, dunes, beaches, and shoreline of beachfront communities Bay Head and Mantoloking in Ocean County, N.J.

Afterward, the researchers found the real difference was hidden under the sand.

Or, if you prefer your news in Dutch, you can read this.