Modeling, Prediction, and Sensor Networks
for U.S. Coastal Inundations & Sea-level Rise

U.S. East Coast SESSION 1 & 2 completed

U.S. West and Gulf Coasts in planning

Projects Submission Portal OPEN

“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, inundations, and sea-level rise. 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 inundations along the U.S. coasts. 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)

DATES, FORMAT, and VENUE (U.S. East Coast)

July 2020, Virtual Meeting

SESSION 1, Thursday, July 23, 2020, 9:00AM - 12:30 PM ET



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



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 (U.S. East Coast event)
Dates to be set (U.S. Gulf Coast event)
Dates to be set (U.S. West Coast event)
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 coasts. 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 (U.S. East Coast event)
Dates to be set (U.S. Gulf Coast event)
Dates to be set (U.S. West Coast event)

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 regional U.S. East, West, and Gulf Coast workshops completed.
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


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

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

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



Project Submissions OPEN -- 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 coasts. We anticipate featuring 12 case studies during the virtual workshops 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


U.S. East Coast Event
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