The full range of coastal concerns will be up for discussion at the upcoming National Coastal Conference, with more than 180 speakers addressing an array of issues during the three-day event. The conference, presented by the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), is titled “Beaches, Bays and Beyond” to reflect the breadth of issues to be highlighted during the event. It runs Oct. 25-27, 2017, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The conference opens with a half-day plenary session on Wednesday, Oct. 25, which will include the following presentations:

  • “Coastal Research and Science” by Jonathan Pennock, Director, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • “Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact” by Jennifer Jurado, Chief Climate Resilience Officer for Broward County, FL
  • “Nuisance Flooding and How Often It Will Be Occurring” by David Kriebel, Professor of Ocean Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy
  • “The Visitor Perspective on Beach Management” by Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale (FL) Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • A welcome reception and poster session with more than two dozen presenters

Thursday and Friday will feature six concurrent 20-minute sessions running all day Thursday and until noon on Friday. These will include dedicated sessions on:

  • Letting Stakeholders In: The Case for Using Marine Spatial Plans to Improve Stakeholder Engagement in Decision Making
  • Potential Flood Risk Management
  • Sediment Tracers: A Diagnostic Tool to Inform Sediment Pathways in the Coastal Zone
  • Dune Management Challenges on a Developed Coast
  • Coastal Systems & Public Policy

Additional sessions will focus on:

  • Beach Management, Planning, and Policy
  • Wetland Restoration & Restoration Technique
  • Modeling & Managing Risk
  • Identifying Sand Sources & Shore Restoration
  • Living Shoreline Projects
  • Managing Beaches to Increase Resiliency
  • Potential Sources of Coastal Funding & Communications
  • The Role of Dunes in Increasing Coastal Resiliency
  • Coastal Policies, Regulations, & Agency Interaction
  • Regional Sediment Management
  • Flooding Hazard Assessment & Mapping
  • Preparing for Sea Level Rise
  • Tidal Inlet Modeling & Management
  • Remote Sensing & Data Collection
  • Methods for Promoting & Evaluating Coastal Sustainability
  • Beach Nourishment, Design, & Performance
  • Regional Comprehensive Coastal Studies & Shared Challenges & Innovative Strategies
  • Coastal Structures
  • Beach Erosion, Morphodynamics, & Ecosystem Modeling
  • Nearshore Process Collaborative Research
  • Science & Safety of Rip Currents
  • Northeast Florida Post-Mathew Impacts & Recovery
  • Understanding and Assessing Storm Impacts
  • Hurricane Mathew: A Forensic Study

The conference is open to all interested coastal advocates. Register and pay for the conference online at Single-day registrations are available, and a complete conference program and list of sponsors is available at the ASBPA website.