INTRODUCING ISROC—INUNDATION SIGNATURES ON ROCKY COASTLINES—A NEW RESEARCH COORDINATION NETWORK
ISROC—Inundation Signatures on Rocky Coastlines— is an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network to define the CBD problem chain and identify research gaps by developing a broad and diverse network of researchers. The authors are the PIs and steering group. We plan to extend the community of researchers, in particular to include underrepresented groups; to facilitate development of standards and best practices for gathering and archiving CBD data; to develop cyberinfrastructure for uploading, visualizing, and analyzing data; and train the next generation of CBD researchers. To do this, we will create opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration and exchange.
Using CBD to reconstruct coastal inundation history and climatology is a prime example of convergence research that cannot be solved by one discipline. The RCN will include geologists, geographers, oceanographers, engineers, hydrodynamicists, geophysicists, climatologists and paleoclimatologists. We hope that participants will share expertise, brainstorm and adopt best approaches, and attack CBD research questions unsolvable by any single discipline. Activities will include meetings, student training and exchanges; sessions in future years at GSA, EGU, AGU, etc.; consolidation of approaches and data; and user-friendly, fully accessible online data archiving. Understanding past inundation and how CBD form and evolve will both help to quantify present-day risk and will provide guidance for what to expect from future climate and sea level.