Challenges of forecasting flooding on coral reef–lined coasts

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Abstract

Understanding wave-driven coastal flooding is a challenging scientific problem; the need for forecasts is becoming more urgent because of sea level rise, climate change, and ever-growing coastal populations. The tools developed for sandy shorelines are generally not applicable to coral reef–lined coasts with their complex bathymetry, hydrodynamically rough reef platforms, steep and poorly sorted beaches, and low coastal elevations. Advances in understanding and predicting flooding on coral reef–lined coasts thus require concerted efforts from a number of disciplines, including climatology, oceanography, geology, and ecology.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Challenges of forecasting flooding on coral reef–lined coasts
Series title Eos, Earth and Space Science News
DOI 10.1029/2018EO098517
Volume 99
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher EOS
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description Online Article