Committee on Coastal Environment

  • Jan 17, 2024

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Mission and Goals

As population, recreational activities, and industry continue to grow exponentially along our coastlines, it becomes increasingly important to improve our understanding of the natural processes in the coastal zone and how they interact with human activities and infrastructure. The mission of the Committee on the Coastal Environment is to foster a robust community of professionals, including academic, government, industry, and non-profit organizations, to solve fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary scientific questions on coastal processes. In pursuit of this mission, the Committee aims to:

  • Advise the AMS community on the significant gaps in our knowledge of coastal processes, their impacts on society, and how those might be changing over time.
  • Increase awareness of the need for sponsorship of fundamental, applied, technological, and interdisciplinary oceanographic and meteorological research in coastal zones.
  • Through our annual symposium and publications in relevant journals promote the dissemination of information related to fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary sciences of the coastal zone; technological advancements in observing and monitoring coastal oceanographic and atmospheric conditions; challenges and advancements in the prediction of coastal weather and the coastal ocean
  • Foster interdisciplinary research and development through interactions with other AMS committees and related professional societies involved in coastal science.
  • Support the development of the next generation of coastal science leaders through engagement with students, including student members of our committee.
  • Stimulate improvements in the scientific aspects of water and weather warnings and forecasts for coastal areas.
  • Facilitate an effective exchange among coastal zone scientists, engineers, planners, operational oceanographers and meteorologists, and stakeholders by planning and supporting national and international conferences, workshops, symposia, and seminars.