Initial focus on U.S. Coastlines

“Developing an integrated coastal research community focused on transforming knowledge into equitable solution actions for climate adaptation and resilience”
Sea level rise (SLR), flooding, deposition, and erosion represent major threats to coastal communities and society along the world-ocean coastlines where the effects of climate change are increasing the frequency and amplitude of hurricanes, coastal storm surges, extreme rainfall, river discharge, and tidal- related flooding. It is critical and urgent that we develop the fundamental knowledge and tools to design optimal and equitable adaptive coastal resilience strategies against the threats of climate change that integrate innovations from science, technology and governance.

The creation and evaluation of coastal solutions strategies to the emerging pressures of climate is highly dependent on the specific attributes and needs of the target community (e.g. economic, social, environmental and technical). Planning adaptation and resilience across a range of scales along with integrating the human, infrastructure and environmental dimensions of complex coastal communities, requires comprehensive planning frameworks that are informed by, and integrate, the input of sector-specific models, data, and analyses, combined with a well-structured interaction between domain-specific experts and end-users.



AR Siders

Emanuele Di Lorenzo


Mark Merrifield

Renee Collini


Jill Gambill


Laura Engeman


Modeling, Predictions, & Observing Networks for
Coastal Flooding

In recent years, there has been significant progress in the United States coastal flood observations, modeling, and forecasting efforts with communities facing more frequent and severe flooding, inundation, and sea-level rise.  Many of these products and observations are now designed in active partnership with local and state partners, and are intended to assist community stakeholders with addressing today’s coastal flood hazards and future flooding, inundation, coastal change, and sea-level rise. This workshop series served as a forum for assembling the research community working on these various efforts to improve integration and collaboration among these entities to better serve coastal stakeholders. The workshops showcased case studies for how these products are evolving to meet a range of coastal stakeholder needs for addressing contemporary and future coastal flood hazards. 



Aerial Photo of a Coast.

July, 2020 virtual, Modeling, Predictions, & Observing Networks for
Coastal Flooding 
US East Coast




April, 2021 virtual, Modeling, Predictions, & Observing Networks for
Coastal Flooding 
US Gulf Coast




March, 2021 virtual, Modeling, Predictions, & Observing Networks for Coastal Flooding  US West Coast

@Ocean Visions Summit 2021


May, 18 2021 virtual, Synthesis Session for the Coastal Solutions Workshops, US Coasts


CASE STUDIES for U.S. East, West, & Gulf Coasts

This is a collection of case studies featuring projects or efforts where researchers and stakeholders are co-designing and/or deploying observing network and modeling for coastal flooding solutions along the US coasts.
Projects Case Studies satisfy each of the following characteristics:
  • Research that includes coastal observing networks and/or coastal modeling and prediction for coastal flooding and sea-level rise applications
  • Either ongoing projects both funded or unfunded, and/or terminated in the last 2 years
  • Projects wherein researchers co-design and/or co-deploy with stakeholders at the city/county/state level (federal stakeholders not included for now)
  • Each project case study should be a separate independent submission. If you have more than one case study you wish to contribute please submit separately (multiple submission allowed)

Adaptation of Coastal Urban and Natural Ecosystems (ACUNE)

Southwest Florida

Peter Sheng

April 13, 2021, 4:00:00 AM

Assessing sustainable restoration measures to increase barrier island resilience through data collection, integrated modeling, and decision support – the Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment

Dauphin Island, AL

Davina Passeri

April 3, 2021, 4:00:00 AM

Communicating the Socio-Economic Impacts of Storm Surge Flood Plains under the Coastal Dynamics of Sea-Level Rise in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Coastal counties of Northern Gulf of Mexico: Hancock, Harrison, Jackson MS; Mobile and Baldwin, AL; Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, FL.


Diana C. Del Angel

April 30, 2021, 4:00:00 AM

Engaging Stakeholders and Exploring the Effects of Sea-Level Rise in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Coastal Mississippi, Alabama, and Northwest Florida

Renee Collini

March 2, 2021, 6:00:41 PM

The Advanced Quantitative Precipitation Information (AQPI) Project Applied to Coastal Flooding

San Francisco Bay, CA

Rob Cifelli

March 15, 2021, 4:48:58 PM

Combining a stochastic climate emulator with surrogate models of dynamic coastal simulators to drive coastal flood impacts research

Naval Base Coronado, San Diego, CA


Peter Ruggiero

March 17, 2021, 11:44:03 AM

Hydro-UQ: A high-fidelity computational modeling tool to study coastal flooding phenomenon

Crescent city, California

Ajay B Harish

March 17, 2021, 6:15:13 PM

Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS)

California, but national expansion of derivative approaches underway

Patrick Barnard

March 19, 2021, 3:40:11 PM

Operational total water level forecasts for the U.S. west coast

California, Oregon, Washington open coast


Coastal Change Hazards

March 23, 2021, 3:18:55 PM

Resilient Futures: San Diego Bay

San Diego, CA

Angelica Rodriguez

July 19, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Developing an Integrated Coastal Water Predictive Capability to Promote Resilience to Water Risks

Southeast U.S. Model, SECOORA Model (NC, SC, GA, FL)

Ruoying He

July 19, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

The Nonlinear Increase in Flood Risk with Mean Sea Level Rise and the Zone of Shared Risk Concept

Branford, Conneticut

James O'Donnell

June 12, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Building-Level Damage Estimation for the Combined Impacts of Storm Surge, Rain, and Tides including projections of Sea Level Rise and Land Subsidence Using SCHISM

Tidewater, Virginia

Jon Derek Loftis

July 10, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Evolution of Storm Surge Inundation under Relative Sea Level Rise and its Impact on Transportation Infrastructure

Hampton Roads, Virginia

Navid Tahvildari

July 6, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Flood Mitigation, KICA Water Management Task Force

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Jon Lucas Hernandez

July 7, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Compounding effects of Storm Surge, Sea Level Rise, extreme Rainfall and Water Table on Urban Flooding in Southeast Coast of Florida

Miami Dade County, FL

Thomas Wahl

July 2, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Visualizing the climatology and extremes of coastal water levels

Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS)

Matthew Widlansky

July 17, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Flood Analytics Information System (FAIS): A Smart Application to Identify At Risk Locations/Communities to Flooding

Nation-wide, example for Hurricane

Vidya Samadi

April 14, 2021, 4:00:00 AM

The WRF-Hydro Based Water Model Development For Coastal Flood Simulation

Mobile, Gulf of Mexico

Wei Yu

April 21, 2021, 4:00:00 AM

High-resolution (2 m) 3-D Mapping for Habitat, Biodiversity, and Flood Hazard Assessments of Coastal and Wetland Areas of the Southern US from Florida to Texas (3D Wetlands Spoke)

US Gulf of Mexico wetlands, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas

Frank E. Muller-Karger

April 2, 2021, 4:00:00 AM

USGS Forecasts of Total Water Level and Coastal Change Hazards along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Sandy open-ocean coastlines along the Gulf of Mexico

Kara Doran

March 24, 2021, 3:02:00 PM

Port Townsend King Tides Monitoring Team

Port Townsend, WA

Bridget Trosin

March 10, 2021, 9:37:32 PM

qathet Regional District Coastal Flood Mapping

qathet Regional District / Powell River, BC, Canada

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Daniel Potts

March 15, 2021, 9:40:11 PM

Real-Time Tsunami Evacuation and Maritime Response Decision-Support Tools

All coastal entities: 20 counties, 100 cities, and 70 harbors/ports


Rick Wilson

March 17, 2021, 5:49:59 PM

Coastal Ground Water Hazards (aka CoSMoS-GW)

California coast (incl. San Francisco Bay)


Kevin Befus

March 17, 2021, 7:01:05 PM

Compound Coastal Flood Modeling at Surfside-Sunset

Surfside-Sunset Huntington Beach, CA


B-X. Tang

March 19, 2021, 5:05:13 PM

CDIP's Buoy-Driven California Wave Model


James Behrens

March 24, 2021, 12:54:33 PM

Climate-based statistical Modeling of Monthly Mean Sea Level

US west coast


Sara Ortega van Vloten

July 19, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Real-Time Monitoring Network for the South Coast of Rhode Island and Narragansett Bay

Narragansett Bay and Southern Shores, Rhode Island

John W. King

June 17, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Protecting Coastal Infrastructure in a Changing Climate by Integrating Optimization Modeling and Stakeholder Observations

New York, New York

Yuki Miura

June 29, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

A Coastal Storm Hazard Early Warning and Monitoring System for Delaware

CFMS Model, Delaware

John Callahan

July 6, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

South Carolina Coastal Communities Water Level Observation System

Smartcoastline, South Carolina

Nicole Elko

July 4, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Smart Sea Level Sensors in Chatham County, Georgia

Savannah and Chatham County, Georgia

Kim M. Cobb

July 7, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Distributed rapid-deploy sensor network for real-time measurement of waves and water levels during hurricane impact

North Carolina

Ryan Mieras

July 10, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

USGS Forecast of Total Water Level and Coastal Change Hazards along the U.S. East Coast

U.S. East Coast

Alfredo L. Aretxabaleta

April 16, 2021, 4:00:00 AM

Characterization and Modeling of Compound Flooding: Introducing Texas Integrated Flooding Framework Planning Project

Texas Coasts


Amin Kiaghadi

April 1, 2021, 4:00:00 AM

A coupled flooding modeling framework for assessing infrastructure resilience along Southeast Texas Coast

Southeast Texas, Jefferson and Orange Counties

Yu Zhang

April 23, 2021, 4:00:00 AM

Dauphin Island Adaptation Pathway: Navigating sea-level rise uncertainty on barrier islands

Coastal Alabama


Stephanie M. Smallegan

February 25, 2021, 6:48:11 PM

Extreme coastal water level guidance for Washington State

Washington State

Ian Miller

March 14, 2021, 9:56:45 PM

Envisioning a Resilient Pacific Northwest Coast: Co-developing alternative futures for adaptation planning and decision-making

Tillamook County, OR; Grays Harbor County, WA


Peter Ruggiero

March 31, 2021, 10:31:00 PM

Democratizing access to ocean observing technology

Hawaii, and 14 coastal states on U.S. mainland

Brian Glazer

March 17, 2021, 6:04:41 PM

Puget Sound Coastal Storm Modeling System (PS-CoSMoS)

Salish Sea - Washington State, British Columbia, Canada

Eric Grossman

March 18, 2021, 4:12:41 AM

Imperial Beach Flood Forecast System

Southern California

Mark Merrifield

March 19, 2021, 9:26:31 PM

Observations and forecasts for highway flooding in San Francisco Bay

Marin & Sonoma Counties, California

John Largier

July 19, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

NECOFS-Coastal Inundation Forecast System: Predictions of Coastal Flooding for Past and Future Extratropical Nor’easter Storms

Northeast U.S. Model, NERACOOS (ME, NH, MA, RI, CT)

Tom Shyka

July 19, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

STORMTOOLS: An integrated suite of planning tools to assess risk and damage from coastal flooding, including the effects of sea level rise.

Rhode Island

Malcolm L. Spaulding

June 25, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Tidewatch Maps tidal water level predictor for flood resiliency

Tidewatch, Virginia

Molly Mitchell

July 8, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Envisioning Future Tidal Flooding: The Blue Line Project, Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

Tom Allen

July 9, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

iFlood: A citizen-science approach to understanding groundwater contributions to flooding on barrier islands

Dare County, North Carolina

Rachel Housego

July 8, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Climate Science Support to Stakeholders

South Florida Region, Florida (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami Dade, and Monroe counties)

Jayantha Obeysekera

July 10, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Coastal Resilience on Virginia's Eastern Shore

Nation-wide, example for Virginia

Susan Bates

July 9, 2020, 4:00:00 AM

Assessing Future Coastal Hazards for the Southeast United States

U.S. East Coast

Patrick Barnard


A Shared Roadmap for Equitable Coastal Solutions to Climate

Through the coastal solutions workshops, this Ocean Visions task force is collecting a series of case studies that illustrate how researchers and stakeholders are co-developing solutions to flooding along the U.S. coastlines. Informed by 50+ case studies (see below) ar that many shared challenges and opportunities can be addressed through the development of a U.S. National Pilot Program focused on co-designing and deploying A Shared Roadmap for Equitable Coastal Solutions to Climate. The program aims at engaging and funding 20-30 pilot coastal communities to work with experts networks of scientists, engineers, and practitioners (e.g. the human/people infrastructure) to deliver the coastal solution roadmaps. The first draft of this plan was discussed at the Ocean Visions Summit 2021 in Session 2a on May 18, 11AM - 2:30PM PDT. We will continue to update this website as the work of the task force evolves. Below is an overview video of the pilot. A video of the panel discussion will be posted soon.

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