Physical coastal processes; connections between land, ocean, and atmosphere

Lucy Bricheno (NOC), Huw Lewis (UKMO), Eleanor Blyth (CEH) and Momme Butenschon (PML) 

This session will address the linkages between the (coastal) ocean, and both the land and atmosphere. It is at these 'edges' where the boundaries between disciplines break down, and a more integrated scientific approach is required. 

From a modelling perspective this requires the dynamical coupling of many processes and component physical systems, including the atmosphere, river run-off, ocean circulation, and waves. With increasing model resolution, many processes must be properly resolved, rather than parameterised. 

Data collected using autonomous underwater vehicles, drifters, floats, and gliders are rapidly advancing our abilities to understand coastal ocean processes. With these modern observing platforms, we can collect data closer to the coast than ever before, as well as collecting information from the air-sea interface without disturbance from ship presence. 

Though grounded in the understanding of the dominant coastal processes, we would like the focus to be on impacts, be these severe weather, flooding, storm surge, harmful algal blooms. The accurate prediction and warning of such events requires an integrated approach to forecasting, and good communications between scientific disciplines. We encourage ocean scientists to have an outward look to how their area of science might connect with others in the context of coastal process understanding and prediction. 

 Contributions are invited on process observation & understanding, and model development & evaluation. This might include, but is not limited to: 

  •  Investigating coastal ocean processes through observations and modelling
  •  Design and development and evaluation of regional coupled modelling systems
  •  Improving observation, understanding and evaluation of feedbacks between sub-systems