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

July 23 and 27, 2020, 9AM-12PM

Abstract Submission Deadline July 7

“Developing an integrated coastal research community focused on transforming knowledge into solution actions for climate adaptation and resilience”

Co-Sponsored and Organized by

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 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 flooding along the US east coast. 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 (cross-cutting) 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)


July 2020, Virtual Meeting

SESSION 1, Thursday, July 23, 2020, 9:00AM - 12:00 PM ET

SESSION 2, Monday, July 27, 2020, 9:00AM - 12:00 PM ET

Link to the virtual conference to be posted (register to receive updates)



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


SESSION #1: Landscape of Efforts in Coastal Flooding Monitoring & Prediction
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 9:00AM - 12:00 PM ET
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 east coast. 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).
  • 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 (or similar) targeted to a high-impact journal, highlighting the purpose and scope of this area of research.
SESSION #2: Core Services and Solution Needs for Stakeholders
Monday, July 27, 2020, 9:00AM - 12:00 PM ET
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​
  • Co-Designing Coastal Observing Networks for Coastal Communities
  • Coastal Earth System Models for Analyses and Prediction
Solutions Platforms (examples but not limited too)
  • Data visualization portal and mobile apps
  • Analyses & planning tools
  • Community participatory research or action plan
  • 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 US West Coast sister workshop
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.
OUTCOME #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. 
Any questions email


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, 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


Official Deadline July 7, 2020 -- however all late submissions will be included in workshop outcomes (e.g. posting of project overview videos and contribution to journal publications outcomes).

We invite submission of case studies featuring ongoing projects or efforts where researchers and stakeholders are co-designing and/or deploying observing network and modeling for coastal flooding solutions along the US east coast. We anticipate featuring 12 case studies during the virtual workshop and curating an archive of all submissions as a survey of coastal flooding solution-driven research and a resource for the community. Therefore please submit your project abstract and a 10 min overview recorded presentation (optional but encouraged, can be prepared later after submission) even if you cannot attend the dates of the virtual workshop.
We seek Projects Case Studies that 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)
The presentations should include the following information:
  • List of key research questions
  • Academic disciplines represented on the team
  • Stakeholders that are engaged and the mechanism of engagement
  • A brief overview of the core services (e.g. data collection and modeling/predictions) and solutions platforms (e.g. visualization and mobile app, community participatory processes, etc.) that are developed or are under development. 
  • Key successes to date of the project
  • What expertise is missing in your project
  • What are the challenges remaining