The Moving Shoreline Forum

A Shortcourse and Workshop on Coastal Change



As part of the activities of the Coastal Ocean Institute at WHOI, we are in the process of organising a forum on coastal change to be held at WHOI from 26th -29th April 2004. The forum is going to consist of a 2 day science meeting followed by a 2 day workshop. The science meeting will feature invited speakers covering topics ranging from sealevel rise, coastal geomorphology, shoreline change (observed and modelled), tools to map the seafloor and policy issues related to shoreline change.

The workshop will be by necessity for a smaller invited group, and is intended to generate a research strategy to addressing shoreline change. We will invite program managers from key federal and state agencies to attend. We will use the workshop to identify outstanding problems in coastal geology and shoreline change, and will generate some specific project outlines that we can follow up on for support.

Schedule & Speaker List

Monday 26, 2004
Time Title Speaker/Affilliation
8:30 - 8:45 Introduction Rob. L. Evans, Dept of Geology and Geophysics, WHOI
8:50-9:30 Setting the Stage: Links between Sealevel Rise, Framework Geology and Coastal Change Bill Schwab, USGS Woods Hole
9:35-10:15 Accelerated Sea-Level Rise and its Potential Effects on Barrier Coasts of the World Duncan Fitzgerald, Boston University
10:20-11:00 Storm Events and Other Coastal Hazards Jeff Donnelly, Dept of Geology and Geophysics, WHOI
11:00 Break    
11:20-12:00 Economic Impact and Policy Issues of Continued Coastal Change Porter Hoagland, Marine Policy Center, WHOI
12:00 Lunch
1:30-2:10 Coastal Geomorphology Liviu Giosan, Dept of Geology and Geophysics, WHOI
2:15-2:55 Shoreline Change: Measurement, Scales, and Processes Jeff List, USGS, Woods Hole
3:00- 3:40 Surfzone Morphological Change Britt Raubenheimer, Dept of Applied Ocean Physics and Enginering, WHOI
3:45-4:25 Impacts of Coastal Change on Ecosystems Mark Bertness, Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University

4:30-6:00 Posters and Equipment Demonstrations
Location: Coastal Research Lab

7:00 Dinner: After dinner speaker (Cape Cod Geology )


Tuesday 27, 2004
Time Title Speaker/Affilliation
9:00-10:20 Modeling Studies and Links to Observations
  (i) Long Term (Geologic Scale) processes

(ii) Nearshore Sub-Tidal Processes
(i) Joep Storms, U. Delft, Netherlands

(ii) Tom Hsu, Dept of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, WHOI
10:30-11:10 Offshore Mapping Tools Larry Mayer, University of New Hampshire
11:15 Break    
11:30-12:10 Coastal Ocean Measurements Gail Kineke, Boston College
12:15 Lunch
1:45- 2:25 Onshore Surveying and Sampling Tools Ilya Buynevich, Dept of Geology and Geophysics, WHOI
2:30-3:10 Role of Observatories in understanding coastal change processes. Rocky Geyer, Dept of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, WHOI
3:15-3:50 National Assessment of Coastal Change Rob Thieler, USGS Woods Hole
4:00-6:00 Posters and Equipment Demonstrations
Location: Coastal Research Lab


April 28-29, 2004
Workshop Discussing Development and Implemention of an Integrated Research Plan.
Date/Time Discussion Subject
Wednesday 28th
Outstanding issues of shoreline change in response to rising sealevel.
Wednesday 28th
Development of an integrated research plan.
Thursday 29th
What is needed to implement the integrated research plan on a national and local level?

Contact Information: Robert L. Evans (