Sea-level rise, dissipating dunes and susceptibility to storm surges are a few of the factors that contribute to a vulnerable coast. A coast at risk means an increased potential for damage to coastal communities and ecosystems in the event of tropical systems, nor'easters or other damaging weather.
More than 40 experts representing state and federal agencies and regional universities gathered to discuss these and other important issues during the Coastal Flood Research, Modeling and Monitoring Workshop on Sept. 16.
John Callahan, of the Delaware Geological Survey, presented a talk on "Analysis of Tides and Storm Surge from Observations Records in the Delaware Inland Bays", at the Coastal GeoTools conference (http://coastalgeotools.org/) in Charleston, SC, sponsored by NOAA and Association of State Floodplain Managers.
A. Scott Andres of the Delaware Geological Survey, presented "Integration of multiple geophysical techniques to image a submarine groundwater discharge zone" at the 2013 National Groundwater Association Annual Summit held in San Antonio, TX Apr 28-May 1. Co-authors were Holly Michael, John Madsen, Chris Russoniello, and Cristina Fernandez of the UD Dept of Geological Sciences, John Bratton of NOAA, and VeeAnn Cross of US Geological Survey.
Caught in a federal-state funding standoff that one Delaware official said could put lives at risk, widely used public tide and weather monitors at more than 10 Delaware River and Bay sites face shutdown by September.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posted the shutdown notice with little fanfare for its local Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) sites. Few outside of river and bay maritime interests were aware of the threat on Thursday.
Launched in 2011, the Coastal Flood Monitoring System (CFMS) supports planning and emergency management for Delaware Bay communities before and during coastal storm or high tide events. It was developed by John Callahan, a research associate for the Delaware Geological Survey (DGS), and Kevin Brinson, a researcher for the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS). The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Delaware EPSCoR program funded the project.