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Collaborating to Learn from Hurricanes: The Nearshore Extreme Events Reconnaissance (NEER) Association


Recorded Forum: August 11, 2020
Time: 2:30 to 3 pm MT


Extreme events such as hurricanes have significant impacts on the nearshore water-land system—where ocean, sound, and estuary processes interact with the nearby land. These events pose high risks to society and ecosystems; they also represent important opportunities to learn from disaster as will be described during this brief webinar. This online forum featured the leaders of the National Science Foundation-supported Nearshore Extreme Events Reconnaissance (NEER) Association, which organizes interdisciplinary teams and supports travel for rapid, pre-event site characterization and instrument deployments to collect perishable data needed to understand impacts of major storms on the nearshore system. NEER is dedicated, in part, to characterizing interactions and feedbacks among natural and built environments and corresponding human actions and reactions. The webinar speakers described NEER’s mission, the benefits of membership, and NEER’s event-response and data-distribution plans. Please watch this recorded webinar if you are interested in learning more or getting involved with NEER as a member!


Britt Raubenheimer, Coastal Oceanographer, Senior Scientist & NEER Lead, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Qin Jim Chen, Coastal Engineer and Numerical Modeler, Professor, Northeastern University
Steve Elgar, Physical Oceanographer, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Holly Michael, Coastal Hydrogeologist, Professor, University of Delaware
Laura Moore, Coastal Geomorphologist, Professor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Nina Stark, Coastal Geotechnical Engineer, Associate Professor, Virginia Institute of Technology
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