Interaction of Geohazards and Settlements through the Past Millennium, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

We have shown that the immediate predecessors of the great 2004 tsunami occurred six centuries ago and devastated a 14th century coast settlement. We are now conducting a far more comprehensive interdisciplinary investigation of the interactions of coastal processes and settlements along the northern Acehnese coast. We are examining the evolution of settlements and coastal and river systems through the past millennium via geological mapping, geochronology, geodesy, stratigraphy, micropaleontology, and archaeology. Our aim is to produce a compelling picture of the interaction of humanity and geohazards for the past thousand years along this historically important coast.