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Scientists from the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center will represent USGS at the 50th anniversary of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) conference.

SPCMSC scientists Kathryn Smith, Alisha Ellis, Karim Alizad, Joseph Terrano, Robert Jenkins, and RC Mickey will be giving virtual presentations at the 26th biennial CERF conference November 1-11.

View of Grand Bay, Mississippi marsh in April 2017 from the water
View of Grand Bay, Mississippi marsh shoreline in April 2017. (Credit: Kathryn E. L. Smith, USGS. Public domain.)

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation is an organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and wise stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems worldwide. This year, CERF is celebrating their 50th anniversary – an opportunity to learn from their history and “look ahead to the next 50 years of coastal science and management, identifying the grand challenges we face in the coming decades, and testing solutions to address them.” USGS scientists will join over 1,300 researchers from around the world at this virtual event to network, celebrate their work, learn from each other, and grow within this amazing field and strive to connect science and society in the collective goals of preserving coastal and estuarine habitats, resources, and heritage.

Here is the schedule of presentations from USGS SPCMSC:

Monday, November 1
Session: “Geomorphology of Coastal Systems”

  • Rangley (R.C.) Mickey, “Expansion of the Parameterized Island Gaussian Fit model for representing cross-shore profiles: Beyond the bell”
  • Joseph Terrano, “Coastal wetland shoreline change analyses using Worldview satellite imagery: Comparisons to field and manual-digitized data”

Wednesday, 3 November

Session: “Special Panel: Pursuit of Accurate and Effective Application of Coastal Marsh Models”

  • Karim Alizad, “Vulnerability of coastal wetlands to sea-level rise in northwest Florida”

Thursday, November 4

Session: “Marsh Sustainability I: Evolution and Ecogeomorphology”

  • Alisha Ellis, “Marsh evolution-insight from the stratigraphy of two marsh transects (Grand Bay, Mississippi-Alabama, USA)”

Monday, November 8

Session: “Marsh Sustainability II: Conservation and Restoration Initiatives”

  • Kathryn Smith, “The fate of sediments along eroding marsh shorelines: From field measurements to models”

Thursday, November 11

Session: “Coastal and Estuarine Sediment Processes: Transport, Deposition, and Impacts”

  • Robert Jenkins, “Model sensitivity to sediment parameterization and bed composition – A look at Delft3D”

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