[Coral-List] Ocean Sciences meeting session: Physical Processes along Reef-protected Coastlines (due Thursday)

Curt Storlazzi cstorlazzi at usgs.gov
Mon Sep 30 15:38:57 EDT 2013

Dear colleagues:

We would like to draw your attention to a meeting session on:


Physical Processes along Reef-protected Coastlines: Current Observations and Future Predictions

at the 17th Ocean Sciences Meeting, which is being co-sponsored by Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), The Oceanography Society (TOS), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The meeting will be held 23-28 February 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Please visit the conference website for more information: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/default.asp


Aim and Scope of this Session, 014:

Coastal reef systems, including both tropical coral and temperate rocky reefs, function as protective barriers that shelter much of the world's coastline from offshore wave energy. Physical processes along these coasts tend to be quite distinct from classic open coast beaches. Hydrodynamics over reefs are generally strongly influenced by steep slopes, complex topography, and large bottom roughness, which result in complex wave transformation processes that also convert wave energy to other forms (e.g., mean flows and infragravity waves). Sediment transport is complicated by the small-scale interactions with reef canopies, as well as internal biogenic sediment production that ultimately make determining sediment budgets in these areas very challenging. While reefs reduce swell wave energy reaching coasts, their role in shaping coastal morphology through short-term processes (e.g., beach erosion) and longer-term changes (e.g., planform shoreline changes) is often unclear. This session aims to synthesize recent advances in this broad multi-disciplinary research area, including hydrodynamic, sedimentologic, and hydrogeologic processes in reef environments and their resulting effects on coastal geomorphology, hydrology, and ecosystems both at present and under future climate-change scenarios. Studies focusing on a diversity of reef types are welcome, including those focused on both coral and rocky (natural as well artificial) reefs, which may also utilize a variety of process-based field, laboratory, and numerical modeling approaches.


Abstract Deadline: 4 October 2013 at 23:59 EDT

Please submit your abstract to Session 014 via the web form: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/start_process.asp


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 Honolulu!


Ryan Lowe, The University of Western Australia

Curt Storlazzi, U.S. Geological Survey

Ap van Dongeren, Deltares

Paul Kench, The University of Auckland

Jim Hench, Duke University

Ron Hoeke, CSIRO

Curt Storlazzi, Ph.D.
U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
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Santa Cruz, CA  95060
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