Nearly 380 people attended the virtual workshop. The purpose was to identify key management challenges and high priority federal agency needs that can be addressed by coastal science research - at the intersection of coastal physical processes and human and ecosystem health.
Motivation: Maintaining good water quality in nearshore regions is important to our well-being, economy, and diverse coastal ecosystems. Unfortunately, nearshore waters are threatened by increasing pollutants, pathogens, and contaminants associated with a range of geophysical and human pressures including, but not limited to warming temperatures, rising sea levels, increasing storminess, and expanding coastal populations. These pressures are resulting in an unprecedented and growing number of impacts to coastal ecosystems including beach and shellfishery closures that further impact coastal economies and communities. Major US governmental agencies (NIH, NSF, NOAA, EPA, USACE, and USGS) have recognized that the link between the coastal physical processes and human and ecosystem health is of critical importance.
Topics and Dates: Sessions will take place as webinars from 2 – 3:30 p.m. eastern time.
January 5-7, 2021: Coastal Pollutants
January 12-14: Resilient Coastal Ecosystems
Brandon Boyd, U.S. Army Engineering & Research Development Center
Mara Dias, Surfrider Foundation
Diane Foster, University of New Hampshire
Chris Kinkade, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Gregory Kleinheinz, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Joe Long, University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Britt Raubenheimer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Brian Spears, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
John Wathen, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Bret Webb, University of South Alabama
Steve Weisberg, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority
Who should attend: Local coastal decision makers, state and regional agencies, and academics, as well as scientists and engineers from federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private industry.
Workshop Format: Each day of the series will include three stakeholder presentations of 15 minutes in duration representing a range of geographies, concerns, and perspectives. A moderated webinar panel following each set of presentations will allow for discussion of the relevant challenges and federal needs.
Outcomes: Workshop attendees will be invited to participate in an online poll, active during the week after the series, to collaboratively prioritize management challenges for future research investment. The workshop aims to highlight research requirements to address management challenges and federal agency needs. Working groups will then develop an authoritative report synthesizing our present understanding of the dynamics of human and ecosystem health in nearshore environments to help prioritize future research and investments.