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  1. Voigt, B. 1998. Merging coastal research and policy for improved coastal hazard management, Poster, The Coastal Society Conference, Williamsburg, VA. (SWCES 98-07)   Paper
    Abstract: The emergence of an erosional trend within the Columbia River Littoral Cell has motivated the investigation of coastal processes to serve as baseline data for predicting future shoreline conditions. The Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study, a five year regional scale research study jointly directed by the Washington State Department of Ecology and the US Geological Survey, is responsible for collecting and analyzing data as well as developing useful products for end-users to assist in the land-use planning decision making process. A Coastal Information Clearinghouse has been created to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between the study and identified stakeholders, to archive and distribute research results and develop end-user products. The goal of the Clearinghouse is to facilitate the merger of scientific data with land-use planning to improve hazard management within the Columbia River Littoral Cell. This includes a coordination of efforts with state and local government agencies and an overarching educational component to develop an awareness of coastal hazards and elicit appropriate management responses to current crises and the long-term planning process.
  2. Kaminsky, G.M. and Gelfenbaum, G. 1999. The Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study: Research in support of coastal management, Coastal Zone '99, San Diego, CA, pp. 737-739. (SWCES 99-12)   Paper
  3. Voigt, B. 1999. The Washington Coastal Information Clearinghouse: Resources for improved coastal management, Coastal Zone '99, San Diego, CA. (SWCES 99-11)   Paper
  4. Kaminsky, G.M. and Gelfenbaum, G. 2000. The Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study: A scientific research project to address management-scale objectives, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of The Coastal Society 17th Conference, Portland, OR, pp.505 – 515. (SWCES 00-02)   Paper
    Abstract: The Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study is a five-year, multi-disciplinary research project designed to build a knowledge foundation as a sound basis for addressing coastal management objectives. The purpose of the Study is to gain an understanding of a regional coastal sediment system, the Columbia River littoral cell, in order to support local, state, and federal decision-making in land-use planning, resource allocation, and hazards reduction. In particular, the Study intends to obtain sufficient information so that future coastal conditions, particularly shoreline change and its associated impacts, can adequately be anticipated or predicted. The Study has developed products based on significant findings to assist coastal managers, including preliminary predictions of future shoreline positions. Many types of data and information covering a cascade of temporal and spatial scales are now being integrated to derive vulnerability assessments that consider the probabilities, uncertainties, and constraints of the various factors that influence coastal change. However, due to the inherent complexity of the coastal system, some scientific questions relevant to specific management questions will remain unanswered without additional investigation and/or long-term monitoring.
  5. Voigt, B., P. Ruggiero, and G. Kaminsky. 2000. Towards the development of a decision support system for the Columbia River littoral cell, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of The Coastal Society 17th Conference, Portland, OR, pp. 525 – 532. (SWCES 00-04)   Paper
    Abstract: Historically, the accreting beaches of the Columbia River littoral cell received little management focus, and the relatively benign conditions of the past several decades led to an influx of coastal development. In more recent times, a trend reversal from accretion to erosion in many areas of the littoral cell coupled with increased development pressure along the coast warrants the creation of a knowledge bank to support coastal planning and decision-making. The Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study is actively engaged in research and analysis of the Columbia River littoral cell evolution and is developing multi-disciplinary data through regional research and monitoring. A process for integrating this multi-disciplinary data set to examine regional physical susceptibility to coastal change will utilize a suite of modelling applications and geographic information system (GIS) software to develop an interactive, query-based decision support tool for the coastal management community. Employing knowledge of the physical system to develop a susceptibility profile for coastal communities will facilitate the development of coastal policies and management decisions that pursue desired outcomes (economic, social, environmental) with respect to scientifically-based scenarios of future physical coastal conditions.

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