[Coral-List] 2nd Announcement Tsunami Field Symposium

Sander Scheffers Scheffers at t-online.de
Wed Apr 27 18:05:47 EDT 2005

Dear coral list,
Below you will find the 2nd registration and some additional information
regarding a tsunami field symposium held on Bonaire. 
The Caribbean island of Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles) exhibit excellent preserved and impressive  paleo-tsunami deposits. Prof. Dieter Kelletat and Dr. Anja Scheffers, two physical geographers and tsunami researchers of the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) organize the "First International Tsunami Field Symposium, Bonaire, 2006", from 2nd to 4th of March in the year 2006 on Bonaire. The meeting will consist of 2 half days of oral presentations and 2 half and one full day of field trips. A field guide (book of about 120 pages with many documents) will be prepared for the meeting, and a proceedings volume will be published as soon as possible  in the international journal, peer-reviewed journal "Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie" as a special issue. We organize thissymposium as a contribution to the efforts of IGCP 495 (International Geoscience Programme 495: Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions: Driving Mechanisms and Coastal Responses), for the Commission on Coastal Systems of the International Geographical Union and other scientific bodies including the Sea Grant Program of Puerto Rico (Prof. Aurelio Mercado).

Preliminary topic list:
What are the priorities for studying tsunami deposits? 
-Big picture:  What are the major unanswered questions we should work on?
-Public connections:  How can we help the public through tsunami deposit research?

How can we generalize about tsunami deposits?
-Criteria for recognition:  What is the difference between tsunami and storm deposits?
-Reliability of preservation:  What portion of all tsunamis leave identifiable deposits?

What are the geomorphic effects of a tsunami?
- Special focus will adress the interaction of tsunami with coral reefs

How can tsunami deposits contribute to hazard assessment and preparedness?
-Recurrence:  Do surveys of deposits accurately represent past and future recurrence?
-Case studies:  How have tsunami deposits been successfully used in the past?
-As educational tools:  Can deposits convince coastal residents of tsunami hazard? 

How can we translate tsunami research into tools for education and outreach?

Paper presentations are planned during the afternoon of the first two days (March 2nd  and 3rd ) (20 Min. incl. 5 Min. for discussion). The papers should deal with extreme sedimentologic and geomorphologic events at the coastlines of the world (like hurricanes, tsunami, and others).

Deadline for abstracts (to Kelletat e-mail adress) is Oct., 1st, 2005.

Deadline for delivering manuscripts (acc. to the information for authors of Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, only black-and-white-figs.) will be Febr., 15th, 2006. Review process will immediately follow the Sympsosium,  publishing of the Proceedings Volume maybe realized at the end of 2006.

Conference and Field Trip Fees: $ 200.- US Dollars (without Field Trips: $ 100.- US Dollars), local guests without field trip are free of charge.

Conference and Field Trip Fees include: Two half-day paper sessions with refreshments, monograph on the coastlines of Bonaire with itinerary for
the field trips, Proceedings-Volume (Suppl. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, peer-reviewed), two half-day and one full day field trip to sites of hurricane- and tsunami deposits on Bonaire island, informal ice-breaker.

The Symposium will take place at Captain Don´s Habitat, Bonaire, P.O.Box 88, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Tel.: 011-599-717-8290, Fax: 011-599-717-8240, Email: Bonaire at HabitatDiveResort.com. You can also make your reservations via the North American Representative (CaptainDon at maduro.com) or via the European Representative (katharina.g at inter-connect-marketing.de). Price for accomodation per person and night in a villa with 2 bedrooms and 2 beds and private facilities each will be about $ 70.- US Dollar (self-containing, without meals, with AC). A good restaurant is on site. You also can chose another type of accomodation for a higher price. Please identify yourself as a participant of the Tsunami Symposium.

Arrival should be on March, 1st, 2006, departure maybe in the evening of March 4th or the morning of March 5th, 2006. Bonaire has international flight connections with North and South America as well as Europe (via Amsterdam). 

The Symposium will be organized by Dr. Anja Scheffers and Prof. Dr. Dieter Kelletat, Dept. of Geography, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, e-mail: dieter.kelletat at uni-essen.de (contact for any question, subscription and payment  details, also by telephone 0049 – 208 – 49 78 77). The Symposium will be sponsored by IGCP 495, Coastal Commission of IGU, Sea Grant Program of the University of Puerto Rico, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), and others.
Sander Scheffers
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) & Faculty of Biology and Geography, University of Essen, Germany
Ph: + 49 (0)1797924367
E-mail: Scheffers at t-online.de
Web: www.nioz.nl

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