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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.”
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.
Read what else is new at the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center.
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.
U.S. Geological Survey researchers develop tools to forecast coastal change hazards. This geonarrative features research and tools developed to forecast real-time coastal change.