[Coral-List] Announcement for Tsunami Field Symposium on Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles)

Scheffers at t-online.de Scheffers at t-online.de
Tue Feb 8 06:36:14 EST 2005

Dear coral list,
below you will find the 1st 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 "Zeitschrift für
Geomorphologie" as a special issue, peer-reviewed. We organize this
symposium 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 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

            -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


IGCP Project 495: First International Tsunami Field Symposium, Bonaire


                                                       Registration Form


Name:_________________      ___________________       ___________

            Family Name                        Surname                  




Professional Adress:__________________________________________________







I will take part in the field trips:   yes                 no


I will present a paper


I will present no paper


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


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


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
and more information 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.


Payment (US $200.- or $100.-, resp., excl. fees) may be made to

Kelletat, IBAN Code DE 77 362 700 24 0 190 2154 01 at Deutsche Bank
Germany, Bank Code DE UTDEDB 362, till Oct., 1st, 2005.

Please indicate, whether you will take part in the field trips (max. 30,
on a first come-first serve basis) or not.


Download and copy this form and mail, e-mail or fax it to:

Dieter Kelletat

Dept. of Geography

University Duisburg-Essen, 45117 Essen, Germany

Fax 0049 – 201 – 183 – 3741

e-mail: dieter.kelletat at uni-essen.de

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