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The Coastal Coupling Community of Practice Steering Committee held a two-day meeting to formally set a roadmap for the next 5 years. Established priorities include improving forecasting, marsh migration ecosystem modeling, topographic and bathymetric datasets, and outreach. 

The Coastal Coupling Community of Practice (CCCoP) is a scientific group that helps guide the next generation of approaches for coupling models of inland hydrology and the coastal ocean.

The Steering Committee leads the CCCoP and is composed of Federal members from NOAA, USACE, and the USGS, as well as academia.

On May 1-2, 2024, they held a two-day meeting at the NOAA campus in Silver Spring, Maryland to create a formal roadmap that prioritizes the group’s mission over the next 5 years.

The roadmap includes... 

  • Improving Total Water Level forecasting 

  • Prioritizing temperature and salinity in the transition zone for marsh migration ecosystem modeling 

  • Creating better merged topographic and bathymetric datasets 

  • Providing communications and educational outreach 

Formalized guidance will be released soon for continued scientific support and interaction. 

A group photo taken outside in front of a statue of hand with birds flying out of it and brick building
Coastal Coupling Community of Practice Executive Committee and other subject matter experts (partial group) in front of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration building and “The Hand.” From left to right: Rebecca Atkins, John Warner, Cristina Urizar, Tracy Fanara, Courtney Barry, Trey Flowers, Saeed Moghimi, David Welch, Lucila Houttuijn Bloemendaal, Chris Massey, Rick Luettich, Dori Stiefel. Not pictured: Hamed Moftakhari, David Vallee, Pat Burke, Kara Doran, Maoyi Huang, Meg Palmsten, AJ Zhang. 

More about the CCCoP 

The CCCoP has over 500 participants with expertise spanning science, modeling, forecasting, and coastal management.

Their goals are to advance predictive capabilities in the coastal zone by developing and implementing improved approaches for coupling models of inland hydrology and the ocean, and to establish an active, functioning, and sustainable community to develop coastal solutions.

You can learn more about the CCCoP by reading the charter on the NOAA website. 

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