SPCMSC Research Oceanographer Participates in University of South Florida Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR) Panel Discussion

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On November 12, 2020, SPCMSC Research Oceanographer Meg Palmsten served as a panelist in the session titled  “Technology-enhanced Community Engagement and Data Viewing Tools & Strategies.” 

Screenshot of the operational total water level and coastal change forecast viewer on 11/12/2020

The Total Water Level and Coastal Change Forecast Viewer, 11/12/20. (Credit: Meg Palmsten, USGS. Public domain.)

During the session, Meg highlighted the USGS/NOAA Total Water Level and Coastal Change Forecast Viewer while describing the scientific process that goes into developing an operational forecast and conveying the assumptions and uncertainties in the forecast models. Other panelists in this session included academics from the University of South Florida (USF) and Johns Hopkins University. 

The USF Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR) uses research and education to provide the understanding and ideas needed to make critical decisions regarding our changing and vulnerable coast.

To view a geonarrative about USGS tools to forecast coastal change, visit Real-time Forecasts of Coastal Change.

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Total Water Level and Coastal Change Forecast Viewer

Total water level (TWL) at the shoreline is the combination of tides, surge, and wave runup. A forecast of TWL is an estimate of the elevation where the ocean will meet the coast and can provide guidance on potential coastal erosion and flooding hazards.