Coastal Science at the Inflection Point:
Celebrating Successes & Learning from Challenges
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 24th Biennial Conference | 5-9 November | Providence, Rhode Island, USA
The CERF 2017 scientific program offers four days of, timely, exciting and diverse information on a vast array of estuarine and coastal subjects. Presentations will examine new findings within CERF’s traditional science, education and management disciplines and encourage interaction among coastal and estuarine scientists and managers.
Future Earth Coasts will have a strong showing at the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) 2017 meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, November 5-9. We will be running 2 interdisciplinary, future-oriented sessions representing a broad cross section of coastal research, and a special Town Hall meeting to launch the new DISCO2 tool.
Here are some more details and links to the sessions for you:
- Town Hall meeting to launch DISCO2
The Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) project developed tools to facilitate analysis of coastal data to develop coastal classifications and typology. LOICZ has now evolved into the Future Earth Coasts (FEC) project and the need to integrate data from different sources and disciplines to understand the interactions between natural and social systems at the World’s coast remains an imperative. FEC has recently released a beta-test version of DISCO2 a web-based data analysis and visualization tool built on the R language that will allow users to upload data to a central site, execute data exploration and analysis tools, and execute a variety of visualizations, including histograms and scatter plots, and obtain summary statistics about their data.
Growing population and changing climate are placing increasing pressures on coastal ecosystems and resulting in severe environmental degradation. These ecosystems provide essential ecosystem services to support human societies. Managing human activities in coastal zones is a critical challenge for humanity in the twenty-first century. Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) seeks to integrate the connections between land, air, water all living things, including human beings and their institutions. It is the most promising scientific paradigm for the management of coastal environments, but a common understanding remains elusive. This session will seek to develop consensus on global best practice in EBM.
Coasts provide access to water and a range of resources and services necessary for human well-being and because of these qualities, migration, urbanization, and development are expected to continue and increase into the future. In a time of global environmental change and uncertainty, the task of responding to the challenge of urbanization is demanding new approaches and new ways of thinking. This session aims to enable the exploration of practical solutions aimed at maintaining the coastal services on which human societies depend that can not only capture urbanization risks but enable reflection and learning in the face of change
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