Coastal Morphodynamics Symposium
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) hosted an informal one-day symposium exploring
Cape Cod and New England research topics in a Coastal Morphodynamics Symposium held on April 25th.
The steering committee (Laura Moore, Steve Elgar, and Rocky Geyer from WHOI, and Jeff List from the WHFC)
planned the symposium to bring local and regional researchers together. The purpose was to exchange ideas
and interests through short oral presentations and participate in an open discussion to explore opportunities for
coordinating future research.
The presentations were broadly clustered into topics of Marsh and Inlet Morphodynamics, Beach
Morphology, Nearshore Morphodynamics, and Shelf Dynamics. In all, 14 speakers represented six
organizations: WHOI, SUNY-Stony Brook, Boston College, Boston University, Virginia Institute of Marine
Science, and the USGS (Jim Allen, Debbie Hutchinson, Jeff List, Bill Schwab, and Rich Signell).
Jeff Williams (CMGP Coordinator, Reston) contributed one of the poster displays. More than 40 scientists,
primarily from WHOI and the USGS but also from other agencies and universities, participated in the
sometimes lively and entertaining discussions. All participants left the meeting with a sense of excitement
about new research possibilities despite the many challenges that limit our understanding of the complex
processes that together form the coastal zone and coastal ocean. Laura Moore tentatively plans a written
summary of the day's talks and discussions.
in this issue:
Puerto Rico OBS Study
Gulf of Mexico Shelf-Edge Habitats
Barataria Barrier-Shoreline Study
Menlo Park Open House
Dress for Success
Nat'l Weather Service Open House
New England Coastal Issues
Coral Reef Studies
South Florida Restoration
Florida Keys Field Course
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