Solutions to coastal disasters 2008

Oahu, Hawaii
United States of America
American Society of Civil Engineers
Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute
Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu, Hawaii

The Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference series was developed to provide formal and informal venues for the exchange of information, tools and ideas relating to coastal hazards. This successful conference series has encouraged involvement by a broad audience of coastal professionals for multi-disciplinary approaches to coastal issues.

Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2008 will start with short courses and will include plenary and technical sessions, exhibits, posters, field trips, and social events that encourage participant interactions. The Solutions to Coastal Disasters events are held at coastal regions that provide interesting coastal learning opportunities and attempt to find venues that make it easy for participants to meet informally throughout the programmed event. Conference topics will focus on the science, tools, management challenges and solutions to a range of coastal hazards including: coastal erosion, hurricanes, coastal storms, seismic events and tsunamis, climate change, sea level change, and wind.

Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2008 will build upon the information and discussions that developed from earlier conferences and focus on both the lessons learned and the opportunities to best apply these lessons to avoid or minimize preventable losses. The conference will provide opportunities for multi-disciplinary presentations including lessons learned from the Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 2004, from Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst hurricane seasons ever to occur in the Gulf of Mexico and concerns and opportunities developing from the fourth and most recent IPCC Report. Recent disasters have revealed the vulnerabilities of coastal ecosystems and coastal communities, the interdependent nature of coastal systems as well as the intense and conflicting pressures that define human use of dynamic coastal environments. Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2008 will encourage greater examination of the ecosystem dynamics, vulnerability and ways to incorporate social and ecological solutions into the discussion of coastal disasters.

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