Coastal Processes: Challenges for Monitoring and Prediction
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS OCEANOGRAPHY DIV
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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.
- Environmental Health and Safety