[Coral-List] ICRS 2021 meeting session: Can Coral Reef Restoration Increase Coastal Protection?

Storlazzi, Curt D cstorlazzi at usgs.gov
Thu Oct 8 17:18:00 UTC 2020

Dear colleagues:

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

Can Coral Reef Restoration Increase Coastal Protection?

at the 2021 International Coral Reef Symposium, which is being held 18-23 July 2021 in Bremen, Germany.
Abstract submission closes 15 September 2020

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


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 such as coral species and 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:

  1.  Quantifying the roles of coral spacing, morphology, and attachment strength in boundary-layer hydrodynamics;
  2.  Relating coral species morphology, structural complexity, or reef location to change in hydrodynamic roughness or induction of wave breaking for different environmental forcing conditions;
  3.  Design and siting of reef restoration to best reduce coastal flooding for different reef configurations;
  4.  Comparison of natural green and hybrid gray-green infrastructure in relation to ecological and hydrodynamic change;
  5.  Incorporation of ecological connectivity into reef restoration site selection; and
  6.  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 15 September 2020

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!


Curt Storlazzi - USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Shay Viehman - NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Mike Beck - UCSC Institute of Marine Sciences

Curt D. Storlazzi, Ph.D.

U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
2885 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 295-3429 cell during COVID-19

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