Study in Progress: Opportunities and Needs in Integrated Water Prediction, Risk Assessment, and Management for Coastal Resilience

Study in Progress: Opportunities and Needs in Integrated Water Prediction, Risk Assessment, and Management for Coastal Resilience

Opportunities and Needs in Integrated Water Prediction, Risk Assessment and Management for Coastal Resilience


  • September 27-28, 2016: Workshop focusing on the East Coast and Great Lakes
  • October 18-19, 2016: Workshop focusing on the West Coast and Gulf Coast

The AMS Policy Program is pleased to announce the dates for two upcoming workshops on water information and management needs for coastal resilience. These workshops are part of a broader study on integrated water prediction, risk assessment, and management for coastal resilience.

Coastal resilience depends on communities having the information and tools they need to accurately predict, assess the impacts of, and make good management decisions about water issues. This requires accurate accounting for all sources of water and all factors that influence water's behavior.

Each session of these workshops will tell the story of a place, its successes, challenges, and opportunities. It is easy to break water issues into their component parts - to look at groundwater, water quality, or flooding - but less easy to then build it back into a coherent and integrated whole. By focusing on specific places, we hope to understand what actually goes into building coastal resilience and where federal, state, and local organizations can play a role. Ultimately, the stories from different regions and from communities of different sizes will reveal the commonalities needed to construct a national vision for coastal resilience.

Registration is now open for the October 18-19 workshop. 

Attendance at this event is free. Lunch will be provided both days of the workshop. The workshop will take place in the AAAS building, 1200 New York Ave. NW. Because of space constraints, attendance is limited. In order to register, please email Serena Lekawa ( Please include any dietary restrictions or requests for accessibility accommodations.


October Workshop: Agenda Overview

Day One: Gulf Coast

Overview of issues and lessons learned

The speakers will introduce the goals of the workshop, share results from the first workshop, and discuss lessons learned.

Talk 1: National Water Model


  • Peter Colohan, National Weather Service


Mississippi River Delta

  • Speaker: Robert Twilley, Louisiana Sea Grant

Talk 2: TBD

  • Speaker: TBD



  • Speaker 1: Lisa Gonzalez, Houston Advanced Research Center
  • Speaker 2: Paula Paciorek, Galveston Bay Foundation


Discussion Panel: Houston-Galveston

Discussion and Synthesis of Opportunities and Needs


Day Two – West Coast

Discussion of lessons learned

Central California Coast

  • Speaker 1: Claudia Faunt, California Water Science Center
  • Speaker 2: Brian Garcia, NWS San Francisco Bay Area Forecast Office

Discussion Panel: California


  • Carolyn Kousky, Resources for the Future


Talk 3: Data Sharing and Use: National Groundwater Monitoring Network


  • Bill Cunningham, Office of Groundwater, USGS

Tillamook Bay watershed, Oregon

  • Speaker 1: Lisa Phipps, Tillamook Estuaries Partnership
  • Speaker 2: Nikki Hendricks, Oregon Department of Water Resources
  • Speaker 3: John Risley, Oregon Water Science Center

Talk 3: Envision

  • Speaker: Sam Chan, Oregon Sea Grant (invited)

Policy needs for integrated water prediction, risk assessment, and management – Final Discussion

September Workshop: Agenda Overview

Day One: East Coast

8:00am – 9:00am: Introduction

9:00am – 10:15am: Understanding the issues: Savannah River region


  • Jill Gambill, Georgia Sea Grant


  • Paul Conrads, South Atlantic Water Science Center
  • Bill Bailey, USACE Savannah District

10:30am - 11:45am: Moderated discussion: Savannah


  • Kirstin Dow, CISA


  • Robert Merchant, Beaufort County Planning Department
  • Jennifer Kline, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

11:45am -12:15pm: Data sharing: Water Quality Exchange and Water Quality Portal


  • Dwane Young, EPA

12:15pm – 1:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm – 2:30pm: Understanding the issues: Chesapeake Bay


  • Zoe Johnson, Chesapeake Bay Office


  • Hamid Karimi, D.C. Natural Resources Administration
  • Emily Steinhilber, Old Dominion University
  • Christophe Tulou, EPA Office of the Administrator

3:00pm - 4:15pm: Moderated discussion: Chesapeake Bay


  • Doug Wilson, MARACOOS


  • Rich Batiuk, Chesapeake Bay Program
  • Ann Phillips, Old Dominion Research Foundation
  • David Vallee, National Weather Service

4:15pm – 4:45pm: Research to operations: Ecological Forecasting Roadmap


  • Chris Brown, NESDIS

4:45pm – 5:30pm: Discussion and synthesis


  • Bill Hooke, AMS Policy Program


Day Two: Great Lakes

8:00am – 8:30am: Discussion

8:30am – 9:45am: Understanding the issues: Lake Erie


  • Jeff Reutter, Ohio Sea Grant

9:45am – 10:15: National Water Model

10:30am – 11:45am: Understanding the issues: Lake Michigan


  • Mary Munson, Coastal State Organization


  • Steve Buan, North Central River Forecast Center
  • Howard Reeves, Michigan Water Science Center

12:15pm – 1:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm – 2:30pm: Moderated discussion: Great Lakes collaboration


  • Josh Lott, Office for Coastal Management


  • Marvourneen Dolor, Great Lakes Observing System
  • Tony Friona, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Michelle Selzer, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Regional collaboration: Regional Climate Services Director program


  • Ellen Mecray (invited)

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Final discussion


We hope that you can join us in Fall 2016. Please save the dates for the two workshops, and check back regularly for updates.

To be added to the mailing list for this workshop, please email Ya'el Seid-Green at