Understanding and predicting flooding along tropical coral reef-lined shorelines presents unique challenges. On 5-7 February 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii, a group of about 30 experts were brought together to assess the state of knowledge of the different factors that control the spatial extent, timing, frequency, and magnitude of coastal flooding along tropical coral reef-lined coasts. Among key outcomes is the development of a framework for coastal flood warning and scenario product development that identifies information that already exists and how it can be used to generate products that can be used now to provide actionable information. Gaps in knowledge that can be bridged over the near term or need to be bridged over the longer term in order to develop and deliver more accurate, timely and locally relevant coastal flood warning and scenario products were also identified.
This workshop was run in collaboration with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Deltares, and under the auspices of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Blue Planet, Oceans, and Society initiative.
Image: Curt Storlazzi (USGS)