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Conferences Addressing Coastal Hazard Concerns

The list presented below identifies some of the major recurring conferences which, in whole or in part, address coastal hazards. Both upcoming and recently-held conferences are presented so that the list can continued to be used as a 'template' in future years, assuming conferences will be held on a recurring basis.


  • The Long Island Coastal Alliance (LICA) 11th Coastal Policy Conference, March 23, 2001, Southampton, NY
  • Coastal Zone '01, July 15-19, 2001, Cleveland, OH
  • Northeast Shore and Beach Preservation Association Annual Conference, October 24-26, 2001, Hoboken, NJ
  • Restoring the Beach - Science, Policy and Funding - Annual Conference of California Shore and Beach Preservation Association and the California Coastal Coalition (CalCoast), November 8-10, 2001, San Diego, CA
  • North Carolina Shore and Beach Preservation Association, November 14, 2001, New Bern, NC


  • National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology, January 23-25, 2002, Biloxi, MS
  • Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference, February 24-27, 2002, San Diego, CA
  • National Hurricane Conference, April 1-5, 2002, Orlando, FL
  • Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology. April 25-May 3, 2002, San Diego, CA
  • Shoreline Change Conference, May 7-9, 2002, Charleston, SC
  • American Water Resources Association Spring Specialty Conference - Coastal Water Resources, May 13-15, 2002, New Orleans, LA
  • American Shore & Beach Preservation Association Annual Meeting, May 13-16, 2001, Washington, D.C., May 13-16, 2001
  • FEMA National Flood Conference, May 19-22, 2002, New Orleans, LA
  • International Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments, May 20-22, 2002, Miami, FL
  • Governor's Hurricane Conference, May 20-24, 2002, Tampa, FL
  • Second Tsunami Symposium, May 28-30, 2002, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Hurricane Andrew-10 Year Anniversary Conference, May 31-June 1, 2002, Miami, FL,: May 30-31, 2002
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers, Annual Conference, June 23-28; 2002, Phoenix, Arizona
  • International Conference on Coastal Engineering, July 7-12, 2002, Cardiff, Wales
  • Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, October 27-30, 2002, Denver, CO


  • Coastal Zone '03, planned for July 2003, Bethesda, MD
  • Coastal GeoTools, planned for January, 2003, Charleston, SC

CHAMP Tutorial to be Available on Web

FEMA is presently developing the CHAMP Tutorial, which is an instructive, self-paced tutorial to help users better understand CHAMP modeling, importing digital data, and generating summary graphics and tables. This tutorial will be available for download from the Online Tutorials main page at: in late January-early February 2002. Remember to check the website to improve your CHAMP modeling capabilities.

Operational Error Found in CHAMP

An operational error has been identified in CHAMP Version 1.0 concerning a component of the WHAFIS model. This operational error will be corrected in Version 1.1 of CHAMP which will be available from FEMA's website at: by the end of January 2002. In the meantime, CHAMP users should follow the instructions below to correctly use the CHAMP WHAFIS module.

When entering card information in the 'WHAFIS Card' column of the 'WHAFIS Program' window in CHAMP, the user must select a VH card to model vegetation for marsh grass. The 'MG' button, located in the lower right-hand corner of the 'VH Card window,' must then be selected to enter marsh grass parameters in the 'Marsh Grass window' (see Figure below). When the 'Plant Type' is selected from the drop-down menu, the Base, Mid, and Top Stem diameters automatically default to FEET units. This is incorrect. The WHAFIS program actually uses INCHES.

The solution to this error is to manually enter Base, Mid, and Top Stem diameters in INCHES in the 'Marsh Grass Card,' as shown below. NOTE: With the release of CHAMP Version 1.1, this error will be eliminated from the program.

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