Thursday, May 21, 2009
November 13, 2008
The Coastal Ocean Institute sponsored an afternoon of coastal science talks.
This workshop discussed existing knowledge and future research directions in th processes of seafloor motion that generate tsunami waves, and dissipation and run-up processes in the coastal zone.
The goals of the workshop were to identify funding and program development opportunities for WHOI researchers, and to articulate appropriate strategies in response to those opportunities. Invited presentations in the morning were followed by breakout working groups in the afternoon.
The combination of human-influenced changes on coastal systems and the natural, passive inundation associated with rising sea level renders many coastal areas more vulnerable to severe storms and floods. The dynamic nature of these coastal environments also makes them compelling from a scientific viewpoint. The time is right for integrating the application of new technologies to coastal studies, and for linking highly detailed observations with predictive models. We propose to host a scientific forum to foster research ideas and identify primary approaches to studying shoreline change.