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

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Wed Sep 9 22:03:33 UTC 2020

  Wouldn't an important aspect be how long improvements in the amount of
live coral last??  If people plant out 10,000 corals and feel good about
themselves, but only 100 survive more than 5 years, was it worth it??  This
is a question which it seems to me the huge number of enthusiastic coral
restoration people are dodging, and I think it is a critical one.  Bad
water quality and mass coral bleaching can undo all these good efforts, and
WILL, if we don't address them, and so far we're failing miserably at
that.  Isn't this fad just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic???
Cheers,  Doug

On Tue, Sep 8, 2020 at 7:05 AM Storlazzi, Curt D via Coral-List <
coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:

> 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.
> 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:
> https://www.icrs2021.de/program/call-for-abstracts/
> 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 reduct
>  ion, 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:
> https://www.icrs2021.de/program/session-program/#c245
> Abstract submission closes 15 September 2020
> For further information and all updates, please visit:
> https://www.icrs2021.de
> 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!
> Organizers:
> 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
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