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1st International Workshop on Coastal Subsidence
November 19-21, 2013
New Orleans, LA

Thank you to all of those who participated in the 1st International Workshop on Coastal Subsidence.  Please stay tuned for follow-up information and presentations from this workshop.


Workshop Information:


The Water Institute in partnership with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) will be hosting the 1st International Workshop on Coastal Subsidence in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Organized in collaboration with Deltares and Tulane University, this workshop will convene international experts to present on state-of-the-art science contributing to subsidence research, understanding and management.


Subsidence is generated by numerous natural and anthropogenic processes in deltaic and other coastal environments, many which have only been identified in the past few decades. Improved methods for measuring land surface elevation, use of GPS technology and the application of geophysical modeling have also advanced our understanding of potential rates and mechanisms of subsidence. However, many uncertainties remain about the rates and spatial distribution of present and future subsidence, at a time when low elevation coastal areas are under increasing threat from rising sea levels and severe storms. 
The goal of this invited workshop is to assemble a team of international experts to examine the state-of-the-art of our understanding of coastal subsidence, and to explore new paths forward in subsidence prediction, and its integration into coastal risk assessment.  Numerical and analytical models of coastal subsidence presently being developed will reduce uncertainty induced by measurement gaps of subsidence rates, and will provide valuable tools for planners and resources managers in coastal areas throughout the world.  It is anticipated that this will be the first of a series of meeting to organize the coastal subsidence science community that will held in various parts of the threatened by coastal subsidence.