Quantifying Erosional Processes to Inform Management Policy
Mistaken Point, Newfoundland, is not only a globally unique scientific resource for studying the rise of animal-life, but also a growing tourist destination. As the locality looks towards obtaining World Heritage status, it is essential that steps are taken to ensure that any development of the tourist industry does not adversely affect the long term conservation of the fossils. This project, using modern 3D modelling and experimental techniques will examine the historic effects of visitors to the rock outcrops, as well as test strategies for reducing footwear based abrasion of the specimens. Outcomes will not only inform management and conservation policies, but also provide for lasting confidence that the geotourism industry is not harming the very resources it is founded upon.