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    The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), in cooperation with the Coastal Zone Foundation, issued a Call for Abstracts for its 2018 National Coastal Conference, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2018, at the Galveston Island Convention Center on Galveston Island, Texas.

    ASBPA is the nation’s first organization to promote science-based policies for the preservation of coastal areas. The theme of the 2018 conference, “Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides,” continues to broaden the organization’s focus across the entire physical coastal and estuarine system. The National Coastal Conference provides an opportunity for coastal stakeholders and managers to develop collaborative networks to promote best management practices, while learning the latest science, engineering, and policy needed to maintain and improve the health of beach-front and estuarine shorelines and ecosystems.

    In addition to the usual content of coastal science and engineering, policy and management, restoration and resilience, this year ASBPA’s conference has a dedicated call for presentations on the day-to-day operations of public beaches and coastlines. Parks and recreation professionals who manage beaches and coastal areas and are responsible for their general upkeep, profitability, and community engagement are invited to present on their successes and challenges.

    Technical, policy-oriented, and “operational” presentations or posters are invited for a broad range of coastal and estuarine ecology, science, engineering, economics, and policy. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Design concepts and projects
    • Green/grey infrastructure and living shorelines
    • Regional comprehensive coastal studies
    • Lessons learned from tropical storms/hurricanes (Matthew, Harvey, Irma, Maria, etc.)
    • Coastal and estuarine landscape architecture
    • Coastal and estuarine modeling
    • Coastal hazard mapping and analysis tools
    • Coastal and estuarine resiliency
    • Sea level guidance, planning, and adaptive management
    • Beach restoration and coastal structures
    • Lagoon, wetland, marsh, and estuary restoration and enhancement
    • Regional sediment management
    • Economics of coastal resources
    • Federal, state, and local coastal policy, regulatory, and legal issues
    • Sand source rights
    • Coastal infrastructure management

    Notification of presentation status will occur by June 25, 2018.