Best Practices for the Formulation of Localized Sea Level Rise/Coastal Inundation ‘Extremes’ Scenarios in the Pacific Islands

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When: Nov 6 2013 (All day) until Nov 7 2013 (All day)
Where: East-West Center, Burns Hall 4005/4009
What:

Best Practices for the Formulation of Localized Sea Level Rise/Coastal Inundation ‘Extremes’ Scenarios in the Pacific Islands

– 2nd Technical Workshop –

November 6-7, 2013
East-West Center
Honolulu, Hawaii

 The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with support from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), is sponsoring a workshop to bring together government, academic, and other experts to Share knowledge and explore our current understanding of factors affecting extreme water levels in the Pacific Islands. 

 Objectives: Solicit input on best practices and methodologies that can serve as guidance for the development of probabilistic estimates of extreme water levels that take into account 1) sea level and storminess-related variability as well as trends; and 2) differences that exist from location to location in terms of the relative importance of various contributors to extremes. 

 This workshop is a follow-on to the first technical workshop “Towards a Consensus Methodology for Projecting Sea Level Rise and Coastal Inundation in the Pacific Islands” held in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 10th and 11th, 2012 (http://www.noaaclimatepacis.org/slr/).  This effort builds upon various national and regional efforts of NOAA, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE), among others working in various ways to foster community and ecosystem resilience to the impacts of sea level rise, coastal inundation, and extreme weather.

 Two days are planned.  During first day and the first part of day two, the focus will be on investigating the water level signal and the role various factors play in determining the distribution of extremes.  Particular attention will be given to the identification of methods that can be used to formulate probabilistic estimates of extreme water levels under a changing climate.  During the second part of the second day, attention will shift to a synthesis of discussions and the identification of key issues that need to be addressed via future research.  A third day of follow-up meetings is under consideration.

Outcomes:  Consensus among experts about 1) best practices and methodologies for the formulation of probabilistic estimates of extreme water levels under a changing climate for specific locations in the Pacific Islands; and 2) key issues to be addressed via future research.  This will lead to the creation of innovative proof-of-concept products that can be used to support decision-making ranging from area-wide vulnerability assessment related to climate adaptation planning and disaster risk reduction to site-specific analysis related to design and maintenance of facilities and infrastructure. 

Primary Contact Info:
Name: John Marra
Phone: 808-944-7453
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