[Coral-List] meeting session: Observations and Modeling of Physical Processes Along Coral Reef-lined Coasts

Storlazzi, Curt cstorlazzi at usgs.gov
Mon Sep 14 17:24:02 EDT 2015

Dear colleagues:

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

*Observations and Modeling of Physical Processes Along Coral Reef-lined

at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting, which is being co-sponsored by Association
for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography <http://www.aslo.org/>
 (ASLO), The Oceanography Society <http://www.oceanography.org/> (TOS), and
the American Geophysical Union <http://www.agu.org/> (AGU). The meeting
will be held 21-26 February 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Please
visit the conference website for more information: *http://osm.agu.org/2016/

*Aim and Scope of this Session, 7999:*

Coral reefs function as protective barriers that shelter many of the
world’s tropical and sub-tropical coastlines from storm and tsunami waves
while producing carbonate sediment that form most of their beaches and reef
islands. Physical processes along these coasts tend to be quite distinct
from open coast shorelines because hydrodynamics over coral reefs tend to
be strongly influenced by steep slopes, complex topography, and large,
often spatially variable, bottom roughness. Sediment transport is
complicated by the small-scale interactions with corals, as well as in situ
biogenic sediment production and diagenesis that ultimately make
determining sediment budgets in these areas challenging. Although reefs
reduce wave energy reaching the coastline, their role in shaping coastal
morphology through short-term processes such as storms and longer-term
changes in oceanographic forcing or sediment supply is often unclear. This
session aims to synthesize recent advances in this broad,
multi-disciplinary research area, including hydrodynamic and sedimentologic
processes in reef environments and their resulting impacts on coastal
geomorphology, ecosystems, and hazards both at present and under future
climate-change scenarios. Studies focusing on a diversity of reef types
using process-based field, laboratory, and numerical modeling approaches
are encouraged.

*Abstract Deadline: 23 September 2015 at 23:59 EDT*

Please submit your abstract to *Session 7999* via the web form:

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 New

Ryan Lowe (The University of Western Australia), Ron Hoeke (CSIRO), and Curt
Storlazzi (USGS)

Curt Storlazzi, Ph.D.
U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
400 Natural Bridges Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 460-7521 phone
(831) 427-4748 fax

Staff web page:
Pacific Coral Reefs:
*http://coralreefs.wr.usgs.gov/ <http://coralreefs.wr.usgs.gov/>*
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