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The Sea Level Solutions Center in the FIU Institute of Environment is hosting the Workshop on Coastal Observation and Modeling Systems. This is an NSF-funded event in line with the "Coastlines and People (CoPe)" theme.

The workshop will take place on September 8, 2020 using a virtual conferencing platform. The one-day workshop will begin at 9AM EST.

The workshop is designed to discuss observations and models associated with biophysical, social-behavioral, and economic systems in vulnerable coastal regions. Specifically, the workshop will focus on understanding the interactions of biophysical, social-behavioral, and economic systems in coastal regions, explicitly defining new data gaps that can be addressed by nongovernmental, local, regional, and federal networks for the formulation of a comprehensive Coastal Observatory, and the development of interoperability requirements of data and models. 

Download the workshop schedule 

Watch the webinar recordings below:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Keynote Speaker


Director of the FIU Institute of Environment, Dr. Todd Crowl, will be the workshop's keynote speaker. His talk is entitled: A Vision for Observations and Models in Physical, Social, and Economic Systems in Coastlines.

Dr. Crowl's research interests include aquatic ecology, predator-prey interactions, food web ecology and most recently, urban stream ecology. 


Speakers & Presenters

SESSION I: Behavioral/Social Science Observations and Models


Jayantha "Obey" Obeysekera
Director, Sea Level Solutions Center in the FIU Institute of Environment


Christopher Emrich, University of Central Florida
Topic: Hazard Vulnerability Science: From Background to Metrics, Models, and Measurement
9:30AM-9:45AM EST

Sam Brody , Center for Texas Beaches and Shores
Topic:  Texas Disaster Information System (TDIS)
9:45AM-10:00AM EST

Jonathan Gilligan , Vanderbilt University
Topic:  Accounting for Human Behavior in Models of Coupled Natural and Human Systems
10:00AM-10:15AM EST

Ali Mostafavi, Texas A&M University
Topic: Complex Modeling for Robust Adaptation Planning of Infrastructure Systems to Sea-level Rise Impacts
10:15AM-10:30AM EST