[Coral-List] 11th ICRS meeting session: Hydrodynamics of Coral-Reef Systems

Curt Storlazzi cstorlazzi at usgs.gov
Fri Aug 17 16:26:23 EDT 2007

Dear colleagues:

We would like to cordially invite you to participate in a meeting session on:

Hydrodynamics of Coral-Reef Systems

at the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), which will be 
held 7-11 July, 2008, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. The theme for 
the 11th ICRS is REEFS FOR THE FUTURE. The Symposium goals are to: 
Provide a scientific basis for coral reef ecosystem management by 
articulating the state of the science with respect to current and 
emerging stressors; improve the understanding of reef condition, 
function, and productivity; and grow the fields of coral reef 
ecosystem science, conservation, and multidisciplinary research by 
facilitating the exchange of ideas.

Please visit the conference website for more information: 

Aim and Scope of this Session, Mini-Symposium #15

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

How well do numerical models represent hydrodynamic processes in 
coral reef systems?

How are new data adding to our understanding of hydrodynamic 
processes on coral reefs, and how much do we know about the role of 
hydrodynamics in the biogeochemical dynamics, morphology and health 
of coral reefs?

Do we understand the physical boundary zones, and boundary layers, 
that exist in coral reef systems due to reef topography, tides, 
waves, wind and other environmental forcings? What is the importance 
of these physical zones to transport on reefs and the associated 
sediment dynamics and ecology?

What is the role of roughness in coral reef hydrodynamics and how 
well separated are spatial scales in their influence on 
hydrodynamics? What are the roles of small and large scale processes 
in controlling water flow, turbulence, diffusion, zonation and 
patchiness in reefs?

Summaries of current regional investigations, site-specific studies 
and modeling results are all encouraged.

Cliff Hearn
United States Geological Survey, Center for Coastal & Watershed 
Studies, St. Petersburg, FL (cjhearn at usgs.gov)
Curt Storlazzi
United States Geological Survey, Pacific Science Center, Santa Cruz, 
CA (cstorlazzi at usgs.gov)
Francisco Pagan
Caribbean Coral Reef Institute, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, 
PR (fpagan at uprm.edu)

To assist the organizing committee in assigning your abstract to our 
session, please use the session code: Mini-Symposium #15. The 
deadline for electronic abstracts submissions is 15 November, 2007, 
at: http://www.nova.edu/ncri/11icrs/abstracts.html . Early 
registration is open until 1 March, 2008.

If you know of anyone who might be interested who might not receive 
this notice, please feel free to pass it along.  We are very excited 
about this session, and look forward to your participation.  If you 
have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  We hope to see 
you in Fort Lauderdale!

Cliff, Curt and Francisco


Curt Storlazzi, Ph.D.
U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Science Center
400 Natural Bridges Drive
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
(831) 427-4721 phone
(831) 427-4748 fax

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