For the third consecutive year, Prof Irene Delgado-Fernandez has co-convened the GM Session on “Coastal Morphodynamics: nearshore, beach and dunes” at the prestigious European Geosciences Union Assembly in Vienna. The session is a result of on-going international collaborations and co-organisation with Prof Derek Jackson (Ulster University) and Dr Emilia Guisado-Pintado (Universidad de Sevilla).
The session is sponsored by the Commission on Coastal Systems (CCS) of the International Geographical Union (IGU). The IGU is a professional organisation devoted to the development of Geography, with the CCS focused on the study of coastal systems throughout the world. The session features in the latest CCS Newsletter, Issue # 81, which can be found at the CCS website.
Prof Delgado-Fernandez, who will be co-convening the session again in 2020, said:
We are delighted about the article in the CCS newsletter, and with the momentum that the session has gained within the international coastal community. The session has attracted steady attention, with abstract submissions from international colleagues joining us with state-of-the-art oral and poster presentations.
This session examined coastal morphodynamics from the nearshore to inland dune systems. Coastal dunes and beaches provide a barrier to flooding and erosion during high energy storms, with beaches and the nearshore playing a key role in dissipating storm impact.
Prof Delgado-Fernandez added:
It is essential that we understand dynamic interactions driving coastal evolution in the context of climate and environmental change. Conferences such as the EGU in Vienna allow us to discuss the latest findings with colleagues, and to promote coastal sciences thanks to the Commission on Coastal Systems and other organisations.
The EGU Coastal Geomorphology session this year included two solicited talks by Adam Switzer (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Rob Young (Western California University, USA), as well as abstracts from 20 different countries and a good balance of Early Career Scientists (ECS) and more established researchers.
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