[Coral-List] [Ocean Sciences 2020] The connections between coral reef state, physical processes, and coastlines

Andrew Pomeroy andrew.pomeroy at uwa.edu.au
Tue Jul 30 13:32:08 UTC 2019

Dear colleagues:

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

The connections between coral reef state, physical processes, and coastlines

at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting, which is being held 16-21 February 2020 in San Diego, USA.

If your work is relevant to this session please submit an abstract to session 84672 under the topic area Coastal and Estuarine Processes via the following link:


Session Description:

With more than 100 million people living less than 10 m above sea level and within 10 km of coral reefs, the changes to coral reefs that are being observed around the world will have a direct impact on many coastal communities. Geophysical features such as the complex bathymetry, the health and changing composition of coral reef platforms through time, as well as physical processes such as waves and currents, not only influence the coral reef ecosystem but also the evolution of the adjacent shorelines with ramifications for coastal erosion, flooding and habitability. This session aims to consider what the future may look like for coral reef-lined coasts by exploring the dynamic connections between coral reef health, physical processes (hydrodynamics and sediment transport), the evolution of the adjacent shoreline and coastal flooding. Summaries of current site-specific studies, regional investigations, modeling results, and efforts towards multi-disciplinary and integrated approaches to understanding the current and future state of coral reefs, and how this affects physical processes as well as the adjacent coastline are all encouraged, along with presentations on new and experimental techniques that may improve or change the way these dynamic connections and processes are understood.

Abstract submission closes 11 September 2019 at 23:59 EDT

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 San Diego!


Andrew Pomeroy - University of Western Australian / Australian Institute of Marine Science
Curt Storlazzi - USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Ap van Dongeren - Deltares

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