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Joint Penrose / Chapman Conference

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Coastal Processes and Environments Under Sea-Level Rise and Changing Climate: Science to Inform Management

1419 April 2013
Galveston, Texas, USA


John B. Anderson
Dept. of Earth Science, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA;
Margaret Davidson
Coastal Services Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Charleston, South Carolina 29412-9110, USA;
John W. Geissman
Dept. of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas 75080-3021, USA;
Gary J. Hampson
Dept. of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7 2AZ, UK;
Denise J. Reed
The Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70825, USA;
Torbjörn E. Törnqvist
Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans 70118, Louisiana, USA;

This joint conference is intended to increase scientific and public awareness of the realities of global change and its impacts on coastal environments. This will include talks describing short-term and long-term impacts of accelerated sea-level rise, climatically induced alteration in sediment delivery to coasts, increased frequency of severe storms, and anthropogenic exacerbation of coastal change.

Aerial view of Galveston. Photo by John Anderson (click on image to enlarge).

The five-day schedule includes an afternoon field trip on day three.

Day 1: Factors Influencing Coastal Evolution
Day 2: Coastal Response to Accelerated Sea-Level Rise and Variations in Sediment Supply (Case Studies)
Day 3: Morning Session Focusing on Gulf Coast Issues in Preparation for Afternoon Field Trip
Day 4: Using Combined Field Results and Numerical Models to Predict Coastal Change at Decadal and Century Time Scales
Day 5: Reaching Scientific Consensus and Conveying Science to Policy Makers

The registration fee will cover hotel lodging for five nights (double occupancy), breakfast and lunch for five days, handouts, and transportation for the field trip during the meeting. Airfare is not included, and participants must make their own travel arrangements to Galveston, Texas, USA. Registration fees have not been finalized. The registration fee is estimated at US$1500-$1800 per person. Please check this page and/or AGU websites later for more information.


Participants should plan on arriving in Galveston on Sunday, 14 April. The conference will conclude midday on Friday, 19 April. There are two airports in Houston: George Bush Intercontinental Airport or Hobby Airport. Shuttle service is available for both airports; the shuttle cost is not included in the registration fee.


Application deadline: 23 January 2013
Registration deadline: 28 February 2013

The conference is limited to 80 participants. Participants will have to commit to attending the full five days of the conference.

To apply: please contact the conveners via with a letter of intent that includes a brief statement of interests, the relevance of the applicants recent work to the themes of the conference, the subject of a proposed presentation, and contact information. Interested graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. Once you have been selected to participate, you will be sent registration information.

[ AGU website ]