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Eco-modeling Workshop

July 2012

In July 2012, an Eco-modeling Workshop was held at the Mississippi State University Science and Technology Center at Stennis Space Center for researchers from the Northern Gulf Institute, USACE Engineer Research and Development Center, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

The primary objectives of the workshop were to:

  1. Familiarize all three organizations with the capabilities and plans of the others;
  2. Begin planning a joint framework for proposals to NSF, NOAA, EPA, et al;
  3. Define respective contributions/partnering to the biotics modeling part of the Conceptual EEM.

Talking points from that meeting were:

  • Boundary conditions are always an issue, especially at “blue water” and “brown water” interfaces
  • Optics and remote sensing technologies can be expanded for sediment transport estimation/verification, tracking river plumes, and shoreline changes (including barrier islands)
  • CASM/TroSim opportunities for collaboration include exchange of individual based models used in Chesapeake Bay and the Northern Gulf Coast. Potential for application with Galveston Bay will be explored and with other funding sources
  • Social science applications are increasing, opportunities may exist for increased interactions with NGI and ERDC via the Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Program and related NGI efforts
  • Expand test beds beyond hydrodynamics

Presentations are provided with links below: