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UDaily: UD, organizations collaborate to improve mid-Atlantic coastal resiliency

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.

The workshop, held at the University of Delaware’s John M. Clayton Hall, was co-hosted by the University of Delaware, Delaware Sea Grant and the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Institute.

Mohsen Badiey, acting dean of UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), welcomed attendees to the event, saying, “Our focus today is a combination of observation, modeling and monitoring [of the coast].”

“This workshop brings together experts involved in all phases of coastal flooding research,” said Dan Leathers, professor of geography at UD, Delaware’s state climatologist and a co-coordinator of the workshop. “The goal is to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between these agencies concerned with the coastal environment.”