US East Coast Coastal Solutions 2020

Modeling, Prediction, and Sensor Networks for U.S. Coastal Inundations & Sea-level Rise

In recent years, a growing number of projects are focusing on the design and implementation of integrated observing and modeling systems through sustained, active partnership with coastal communities facing more frequent and severe flooding, inundations, and sea-level rise. In an effort to coordinate and accelerate these parallel research efforts, and their translation into tangible solutions for community stakeholders, this workshop will provide a forum to identify synergies, best practices, and opportunities for greater collaboration amongst these researchers.


Compile and characterize the set of ongoing coastal solutions projects

that actively engage stakeholders at the city, county, and/or state level to co-design and deploy observing and modeling frameworks for coastal inundations along the U.S. coasts. SESSION 1.

Review and synthesize stakeholder needs

to help identify a set of core services (data collection and modeling/predictions) and solutions platforms (e.g. visualization and mobile app, community participatory processes, etc.) that are shared across regions while recognizing the unique characteristics and associated needs of individual communities. SESSION 2.

Identify the highest priority

short-term (6mos-1yr) and long-term (3-5yrs) research tasks that support the creation of core services that meet stakeholder needs. SESSION 2.

Draft the terms of reference

for a national task force for Coastal Solutions for Climate Adaptation & Resilience to provide a platform for ongoing collaboration, coordination, and synthesis activities. SESSION 3 (to be hosted after sister workshop for US West Coast).



Tim Gallaudet

Rear Admiral, Ph.D., USN Ret
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy NOAA Administratorr


SESSION #1: Landscape of Efforts in Coastal Flooding Monitoring & Prediction

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 9:00AM - 12:00 PM ET (U.S. East Coast event)

Dates to be set (U.S. Gulf Coast event)

Dates to be set (U.S. West Coast event)

Case studies (10 min presentations) of ongoing efforts or projects that actively engage stakeholders at the city, county, and/or state level in co-designing and deploying observing and modeling frameworks for coastal flooding along the US coasts. By “efforts” we include any research (funded or not funded) where researchers are working with stakeholders on the “frontline” trying to develop core service (e.g. modeling and observing networks) and solutions tools (e.g. visualization apps

Outcomes #1

Video presentations of all submissions

will be collected on a website to feature success stories of coastal flooding solutions projects that are co-designing and deploying coastal solutions with stakeholders.

Landscape summary / synthesis

paper entitled Towards Integrated Solutions for Coastal Flooding Monitoring & Prediction in the US East Coast for BAMS. All willing contributors to be included as co-authors.

Perspective piece targeted

to a high-impact journal, highlighting the purpose and scope of this area of researchs.

SESSION #2: Core Services and Solution Needs for Stakeholders

Monday, July 27, 2020, 9:00AM - 12:00 PM ET (U.S. East Coast event)

Dates to be set (U.S. Gulf Coast event)

Dates to be set (U.S. West Coast event)

Breakout group discussions to identify priority core services and solutions platforms required to address stakeholders’ needs that are shared across regions. Examples below.

Core Services

Solutions Platforms (examples but not limited too)

Outcomes #2

Living e-report on Transferring Knowledge

into Action for Coastal Stakeholders to inform local stakeholders and coastal research communities.

A white paper on Co-Designing

a Coastal Observing Networks for Coastal Communities that can inform decision-makers and coastal programs at NOAA and other agencies.

SESSION #3: Coastal Solutions Task Force for Climate Adaptation & Resilience

Date will be set after regional U.S. East, West, and Gulf Coast workshops completed.

Group discussion on how to organize a multi-sector group that can help accomplish better coordination and integration of efforts between researchers, practitioners, managers, and decision-makers towards delivering a set of solutions platforms and core services for coastal adaptation. This session will be held after the sister workshop for the US West Coast to include results from each coast

Outcomes #3

Draft plan

for developing a Task Force to be officially launched at the 2021 Ocean Visions Summit in the theme session on Solutions for Sea Level Change and Flooding in Coastal Communities.



U.S. East Coast Event
Emanuele Di Lorenzo, Kim Cobb, Russell Clark (Georgia), Georgia Institute of Technology
Jill Gambill (Georgia), University of Georgia
Riccardo Domingues (Florida), NOAA
A.R. Siders (Delaware), University of Delaware
Enrique Curchitser (New Jersey, New York), Rutgers University
Natalie Burls, James L. Kinter, Jagadish Shukla, Celso Ferreira (Virginia), George Mason University
Tal Ezer (Virginia), Old Dominion University
Christopher Piecuch (Massachusetts), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Ruoying He (North and South Carolina), North Carolina State University
Nadia Pinardi, University of Bologna, Italy
Antonio Navarra, representing CMCC Foundation, Italy
Michelle Harris, representing NOAA and IOOS
Susan Bates, Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR), representing Nature Conservancy
Mark Merrifield, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, coordinator with US West Coast effort
Cayla Dean, NOAA, representing Coastal Coupling Community of Practice

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