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2nd JCOMM Scientific and Technical Symposium on Storm Surges, 8-13 Nov. 2015, Key West, USA

We would like to forward the following call for papers for the Second JCOMM Storm Surge Symposium, which will be of interest to many eSurge users:

The 2nd JCOMM Scientific and Technical Symposium on Storm Surges will be held in Key West, Florida, USA on 8-13 November 2015. It is to be held in conjunction with the 14th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting.This joint meeting is sponsored by the Taylor Engineering Research Institute at the University of North Florida, Environment Canada and the WMO-IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM). Click here for website and abstract submission, and here for meeting logistics and registration details.

Storm surges and coastal flooding pose a threat to 40 million people globally and this figure could grow to 150 million people by 2070 because of population growth and sea level rise. In areas affected by tropical cyclones, storm surges cause more fatalities than any other natural hazard. Since the first JCOMM Scientific and Technical Symposium on Storm Surges, held in 2007, a number of high profile events (e.g. typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines) have raised the awareness of storm surges as the critical factor in coastal hazard, disaster risk reduction, and coastal management in a changing climate.

This international storm surge symposium will provide a forum for the exchange of new ideas and advances related to storm surge modelling and forecasting, and fully-integrated coastal warning systems. All recommendations and developments resulting from the meeting will be adopted by The Expert Team on Waves and Coastal Hazards Forecasting Systems (ETWCH) of the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM)

Themes of the storm surge symposium will be:

  • Advances in storm surge modelling and forecasting (including operational forecasting and regional applications)
  • Storm surge climatology and statistical aspects of storm surges
  • The use of observations (including satellite data) in storm surge forecasting and warning
  • Coupled model systems (including enhanced coupling between atmosphere, waves, storm surge, ice, as well as links to ocean models)
  •  Storm surge impacts

The Symposium will be comprised of oral presentations from invited experts, plus contributed presentations and posters. Invited speakers will be identified by the International Organizing Committee. Symposium sessions will be interleaved with sessions of the 14th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting to achieve maximum synergy and to provide a single focus for storm surges and coastal hazards.  Contributed papers are welcomed which address any of the topics identified in this announcement.  Authors should indicate their preference for oral presentation or poster; however, the final decision rests with the Organising Committee. Those wishing to present a paper or poster should submit a title and abstract (maximum 400 words) no later than 31 May 2015 through the online abstract submission.

Limited funding may be available from the organizers and sponsors to support participants having papers accepted for the symposium, in particular from developing countries. Please identify any such requirements when submitting abstracts. 

Conference sponsorship opportunities are available should your organisation wish to support the Symposium and receive promotion to this international community of scientists. Please contact Professor Kevin Horsburgh (, Chair of ETWCH, for information.