Aerial Photo of a Coast.


Modeling, Prediction, and Sensor Networks
for Coastal Flooding in the US East Coast

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. 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 projects that actively engage stakeholders at the city, county, and/or state level to co-design and deploy observing and modeling frameworks for coastal flooding along the US east coast.
  • Review and synthesize stakeholder needs to help identify a set of core services that are shared across regions while recognizing the unique characteristics and associated needs of individual communities
  • Identify the highest priority (cross-cutting) short-term (6mos-1yr) and long-term (3-5yrs) research tasks that support the creation of core services that meet stakeholder needs.
  • 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.
“Developing an integrated coastal research community focused on transforming knowledge into solution actions for climate adaptation and resilience”

Co-Sponsored and Organized by



July 2020, Virtual Meeting

four sessions over four morning blocks

final dates and virtual links to be released soon


RDML Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., NOAA
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy NOAA Administrator


SESSION #1: Landscape of Efforts in Coastal Flooding Monitoring & Prediction
Regional teams covering the NERACOOS, MARACOOS & SECOORA geographic regions will work ahead for the workshop to compile and characterize the set of ongoing projects that actively engage stakeholders at the city, county, and/or state level to co-design and deploy observing and modeling frameworks for coastal flooding along the US east coast. Information to be included:
  • Reports on Existing Tools for Local Stakeholders
  • Review of Modeling, Prediction, and Observing Networks
OUTCOME #1: A landscape summary/synthesis paper on the Towards Integrated Solutions for Coastal Flooding Monitoring & Prediction in the US East Coast for BAMS

SESSION #2: Core Services and Solution Needs for Stakeholders
Plenary talks and discussion to identify priority core services to address stakeholders' needs that are shared across regions. Examples of topics to discuss are:
  • data visualization portal and apps
  • analyses & planning tools
  • network or community activities  
OUTCOME #2: A synthesis living e-report on Transferring Knowledge into Action for Coastal Stakeholders to inform local stakeholders and coastal research communities.
SESSION #3: Meeting the Science and Technology Needs for Solutions
Cross-teams breakout group discussions on identifying the next steps for delivering core services:
  • Co-Designing Coastal Observing Networks for Coastal Communities
  • Coastal Earth System Models for Analyses and Prediction
OUTCOME #3: 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 #4: National Task Force for Coastal Solutions for Climate Adaptation & Resilience 
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 and core services for coastal adaptation.
OUTCOME #4: 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. 
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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 (
George Mason University
Tal Ezer (
, Old Dominion University
Christopher Piecuch (
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Ruoying He (
North and South Carolina), 
North Carolina State University
Nadia Pinardi and 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
Website hosted by The Ocean Visions Research Consortium 
Global Ecosystem for Ocean Solutions (GEOS)
A proposal to establish a United Nation Programme for the Decade for Ocean Sustainable Development