On May 13, 2021, SPCMSC Research Oceanographer Meg Palmsten presented a virtual talk titled, “Forecasting total water levels and coastal change hazards.”
SPCMSC Research Oceanographer gives invited presentation at the NOAA Coastal Coupling Community of Practice meeting
The Coastal Coupling Community of Practice (CC CoP) was formed to link academics and government scientists focused on developing accurate water forecasts. Coupled forecasts are required to provide skillful representations of complex riverine estuarine and coastal processes. The annual CC CoP provides a forum for the community to share recent scientific progress as well as shape the direction of future research while considering stakeholder-driven requirements. Palmsten was invited to present on recent technical progress and collaboration on the USGS/NOAA Total Water Level and Coastal Change Forecast. Palmsten described the initial development of the Forecast, based on requests by National Weather Service forecasters and highlighted the close relationship with NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction required to produce the forecast. During the presenation, Palmsten outlined the framework for the modeling system, pointing out the different elements that each partner contributes. She also presented a recent case study of a forecast, skill assessment efforts at Madeira Beach, FL, and ongoing work to expand the forecast to to the US west coast, Alaska, and coral reef-lined shorelines in US territories.