[Coral-List] join our ICRS-2020 meeting session: Can Coral Reef Restoration Increase Coastal Protection?

Storlazzi, Curt cstorlazzi at usgs.gov
Tue Jul 9 00:35:58 UTC 2019

Dear colleagues:

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

*Can Coral Reef Restoration Increase Coastal Protection?*

at the 2020 International Coral Reef Symposium, which is being held 5-10
July 2020 in Bremen, Germany.

*If your work is relevant to this session please submit *an abstract to
ICRS20-39 under Theme 13: Interventions and Restoration via the following


*Session Description:*

Coastal flooding and erosion affects thousands of vulnerable coastal
communities and has resulted in hundreds of billions of dollars in damage
during the past decade alone; these impacts are predicted to worsen with
continued population growth and climate change. There is growing
recognition of the role of coral reefs in coastal hazard risk reduction as
they dissipate wave energy and produce and trap sediment on adjacent
beaches and thus reduce flooding and erosion. Given these benefits, there
is the potential to apply coral reef restoration not only to meet
ecological recovery goals (coral species, reef communities), but also to
reduce coastal hazards and build coastal resilience to current and future
storms. To meet and support these joint objectives, there must be rigorous,
quantitative assessments of restoration performance, particularly for risk
reduction benefits. This mini-symposium focuses on advancements in
understanding the role of coral reefs in hazard risk reduction, including
but not limited to (i) quantifying the roles of coral spacing, morphology,
and attachment strength in boundary-layer hydrodynamics; (ii) relating
coral species morphology, structural complexity, or reef location to change
in hydrodynamic roughness or induction of wave breaking for different
environmental forcing conditions; (iii) design and siting of reef
restoration to best reduce coastal flooding for different reef
configurations; (iv) comparison of natural "green" and hybrid "gray-green"
infrastructure in relation to ecological and hydrodynamic change; (v)
incorporation of ecological connectivity into reef restoration site
selection; and (vi) cost-benefit analyses of restoration for coastal hazard
risk reduction. Summaries of current local or regional-scale studies,
including modeling exercises are encouraged, especially if they evaluate
social and economic impacts of different restoration options.

Please visit the conference website for more information:


*Abstract submission closes 31 August 2019 *

For further information and all updates, please visit:


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 Bremen!


Shay Viehman - NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Mike Beck - UCSC Institute of Marine Sciences

Curt Storlazzi - USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Curt D. Storlazzi, Ph.D.
U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
2885 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 460-7521 phone
(831) 427-4748 fax

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