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Dr. Meg Palmsten will be the guest speaker in COMIT seminar series

Dr. Meg Palmsten of SPCMSC will discuss forecasting total water levels and coastal change hazards in this month’s virtual Center for Ocean Mapping and Technologies (COMIT) seminar series.

A screenshot of the USGS Total Water Level and Coastal Change Forecast Viewer that shows waves hitting the coast during a storm.
A screenshot of the USGS Total Water Level and Coastal Change Forecast Viewer. USGS image. (Public domain.)

For the seminar, Dr. Palmsten will be presenting about forecasting total water levels and coastal change hazards. The USGS/NOAA Total Water Level and Coastal Change Forecast Viewer provides coastal communities with advance notice of potential for elevated coastal water levels and coastal changes on sandy beaches that may threaten safety, infrastructure, or resources. The continuously operating model provides hourly forecasts for select regions of the U.S. coastline based on local beach characteristics. This presentation will highlight the topographic and bathymetric data needed for the model, as well as skill assessments for forecasts in Louisiana and North Carolina. Forecasts including and excluding time dependent changes in forcing will be contrasted.

The Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovative Technologies (COMIT) is housed at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg, Florida. COMIT provides NOAA with a world-class mapping center to develop unique technologies to map, identify, and respond to a variety of threats in the world’s ocean and coastal zones. The intended benefits of COMIT will serve a diverse community of constituencies by developing, testing, and implementing better, cheaper, and faster approaches to ocean and coastal mapping. COMIT’s monthly webinar series covers a wide range of topics related to COMIT’s research goals including safe navigation; women in hydrography; advanced technology/engineering in seafloor mapping and exploration; as well as issues and opportunities in the field related to diversity, equity, & inclusion.

View information and links regarding past COMIT webinars

View Dr. Palmsten's presentation on YouTube

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