Accession Number : ADA512836


Title :   Coastal Processes: Challenges for Monitoring and Prediction


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS OCEANOGRAPHY DIV


Personal Author(s) : Rixen, Michel ; Book, Jeffrey W ; Orlic, Mirko


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a512836.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 5


Abstract : The knowledge of the coastal environment is critical lo a variety of activities and operations at sea. such as fishing, search and rescue, coastal zone management, pollution control and mitigation, disaster recovery, severe storm forecasting, maritime safety, harbor and port security, etc. The success of Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA) efforts relies on precise enough understanding of coastal processes to have significant impacts on critical decisions despite the inherent complexities of the processes and the practical limits in characterizing them. The presence of processes at short spatio-temporal scales due to the chaotic nature of the marine environment and the lack of sustained -high quality -real-time observations limit our monitoring capability and the prediction skills of operational models at meso- and smaller scales. In practice, heavy fishing activity, maritime traffic, mechanical and biological stress on sensors and territory issues (to cite but a few) pose additional monitoring and prediction challenges.


Descriptors :   *COASTAL REGIONS , *ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT , *MONITORING , *DECISION MAKING , NATURAL DISASTERS , SAFETY , POLLUTION ABATEMENT , COMMERCIAL FISHING , SEARCH AND RESCUE , MARINE SAFETY EQUIPMENT , HARBOR DEFENSE SYSTEMS , SECURITY , MODELS , IMPACT , REPRINTS , WEATHER FORECASTING


Subject Categories : Geography
      Environmental Health and Safety


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE