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Short Courses

Short Course 1: April 11th, 2023: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Title: AeoLiS - Introduction to modelling coastal aeolian transport and eco-morphodynamics of beaches and coastal dunes.

Instructors: Sierd de Vries, Nicholas Cohn, Bart van Westen, Janelle Skaden, Christa van IJzendoorn, Caroline Hallin, Glenn Strypsteen

Length: Full Day

This course will give an introduction to numerical modelling of coastal aeolian transport processes and the morphological evolution of beaches and dunes. The process-based model AeoLiS is used. AeoLiS simulates aeolian transport, erosion, and deposition in coastal environments accounting for sediment supply and sediment availability. The course introduces the relevant physical processes that are included in the model. Hands-on examples at different levels are provided. The course is suitable for people with or without modelling experience. The course includes simulation of multi-fraction aeolian transport, aeolian bedform formation, sediment-vegetation interaction, and surface moisture processes. Participants are also welcome to bring their own case studies. The course material is written in Python, but no previous programming knowledge is required. At the end of this course, you will be familiar with relevant coastal aeolian sediment transport processes, and you will be able to run aeolian sediment transport simulations with AeoLiS.

Short Course 2: April 11th, 2023: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Instructors: Maarten van Ormondt, Tim Leijnse, Kees Nederhoff

Length: Full Day

Compound flooding during extreme events can result in tremendous amounts of property damage and loss of life. Early warning systems and multi-hazard risk analysis can reduce these impacts. However, traditional approaches either do not involve relevant physics or are too computationally expensive to do so for large stretches of coastline. SFINCS is a new reduced-complexity model recently developed by Deltares that is capable of simulating compound flooding. It can do this with a high computational efficiency balanced with good accuracy. In this short course, attendees will be able to retrieve theoretical and practical knowledge. Attendees will get an overview of applications where the high computational speed of SFINCS is essential and understand the background of the SFINCS formulations needed to simulate compound flooding. Moreover, attendees will know what the input and output of SFINCS look like, how this can be used to answer practical questions in research/consultancy, and how to create an SFINCS model from scratch to simulate compound flooding. This course is aimed at project engineers, researchers, PhD students with a basic background in programming (e.g., Matlab / Python / Fortran) and modeling.

Short Course 3: April 11th, 2023: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Title: Engineering with Nature

Instructors: Engineering with Nature leadership, staff, and others, TBD

Length: Half Day

Engineering With Nature (EWN), will lead a four-hour course on designing natural-based infrastructure for increased coastal resilience. The course will include technical presentations that cover a broad range of topics which cover quantifying environmental benefits associated with natural infrastructure (NI), strategies for designing NI, identifying existing NI and NI opportunities, and the state-of-the-art in NI practices; innovative engineering and operational procedures, modeling, benefits quantification, and strategic communications. Objectives will be to: 1) Provide participants with an overview of EWN and its practices and example projects. 2) Demonstrate how NI promotes coastal resilience, flood risk reduction, and ecosystem services. 3) Introduce participants to many EWN tools, materials, and solutions. 4) Share the innovative research being conducted within the EWN program. 5) Extend the opportunity for others to get involved.

Short Course 4: April 11th, 2023: 8:00 am - 11:59 am

Title: Ecosystem Restoration Strategies to mitigate land loss in a deltaic plain

Instructors: Syed Khalil, Rick Raynie, Greg Grandy, Russ Joffrion, Dain Gillen, Brad Barth, and Thomas McLain .

Length: Half Day

The short course will provide an insight into various ecosystem restoration strategies which have been successfully developed and adapted over the last couple of decades to create and preserve land and mitigate the perennial and catastrophic land loss in coastal Louisiana. Sediment resources are essential to fulfill the State of Louisiana's commitment to implement a Coastal Master Plan (CMP) to mitigate its chronic land loss, protect more than 2 million people who live in the coastal zone, and to save Louisiana's rapidly disappearing complex and fragile coastal ecosystem. This challenge provides an opportunity for Louisiana to utilize more sustainable, passively captured sediment via large sediment diversions as well as renewable sediment supplies by actively dredging from the Lower Mississippi River to help offset limitations concerning cost and long-term access of non-renewable sediment resources from the active harvest of offshore shoal and paleo-channel sediment deposits . Sedimentological restoration has been undertaken on various scales to replace, restore and create geomorphic forms which provide/create habitat to maintain ecological functions. Ecosystem restoration is complex and unique and these restoration strategies are one-of-a-kind where adaptive management plays a key role in planning, designing and constructing these large scale restoration efforts.

Destination and Venue:
New Orleans, LA
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