ADCIRC Week expands tracks to accommodate wide range of applications

2017 ADCIRC Users Group Meeting attendees
2017 ADCIRC Users Group Meeting attendees

Coastal modelers and decision-makers will gather this spring to teach, learn, discuss, plan and build capacity for a tool that provides decision support for hazards like storm inundation during tropical and extratropical cyclones.

ADCIRC Week, a gathering of professionals, academics, students and officials, will be held April 9-13, 2018, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Md. The event includes two major sections – the ADCIRC Boot Camp training event from April 9-11 and the ADCIRC Users Meeting, held from April 12-13.

Pre-registration is currently available and is required for all ADCIRC Week events.

The Boot Camp includes a high-level ADCIRC for Decision Makers panel discussion on Wednesday, April 11, for state and federal government stakeholders, including FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard. It is a three-day training event overall and is organized by Dr. Jason Fleming of Seahorse Coastal Consulting, a co-PI on a Coastal Resilience Center (CRC) project. The Boot Camp has developed a reputation for intensity and quality and will continue its year-over-year growth in 2018 with an expansion from two to four simultaneous tracks. This year’s site hosts are NOAA’s Coastal Survey Development Lab and National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

A mesh of the North Carolina and Virginia region is shown.
A mesh of the North Carolina and Virginia region is shown.

The 2018 ADCIRC Users Group Meeting gives coastal modelers and ADCIRC developers the chance to show off the latest new features and engage in interactive discussions to advance the state of the art in ADCIRC modellng.

ADCIRC, short for the Advanced CIRCulation model, combines information on tides, river flows, wind, atmospheric pressure and surface waves to predict the response of the coastal ocean, including when, where and to what extent storm surge and flooding will impact a coastal community, often with greater precision than other available models. Results are made publicly available on two Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA) websites: nc-cera.renci.org and cera.cct.lsu.edu.

Several Coastal Resilience Center researchers involved in ongoing projects are continuing to improve ADCIRC, by adding new model inputs, such as precipitation, and decreasing the computer power needed to run simulations.

Boot Camp

During the Boot Camp, participants will choose between four separate tracks:

  • ADCIRC 101: For Complete Newcomers to Coastal Model Development with ADCIRC
  • ADCIRC 201: For Intermediate ADCIRC Analysts
  • ADCIRC 301: For Experienced ADCIRC Analysts
  • ADCIRC Decision Support: For Decision Makers Who Use ADCIRC Results. This track will include discussion risk assessment as a tool for decision-making; effective risk communication techniques; high-level decision-support experiences panel discussion; and a 2018 CERA site preview.

New additions to the Bootcamp include a series of add-on dinnertime sessions called ADCIRC After Dark. These sessions, split into Building ADCIRC and ADCIRC Visualization Tools, are designed to maximize the value of participants’ time spent at the Boot Camp and address topics that are not covered in any other session. Dinner is included in the ticket prices for these add-ons.

Users Group Meeting

This two-day event is the place to see the latest and greatest ADCIRC features and applications, and to discuss gaps and opportunities with challenging new ADCIRC use cases. The Users Group Meeting will involve four tracks:

  • Track 1: GitHub Tutorial, ADCIRC Testing with CircleCI
  • Track 2: ADCIRC GIS Integration Roadmap, ADCIRC Python Coordination Summit
  • Track 3: Oceanmesh2D: Making and Processing ADCIRC Meshes with Matlab
  • Track 4: Career Fair

This year, the Meeting will include a poster reception on the evening of April 11. Another new element for the 2018 Meeting is the addition of an ADCIRC Bonus Round on April 13, after the end of the conventional Meeting presentations. These sessions consist of workshops and tutorials to coalesce like-minded subgroups within the ADCIRC Community.

Attendees of the 2017 ADCIRC Boot Camp learn the basics of the modeling system during ADCIRC Week. Photo by Jason Fleming.
Attendees of the 2017 ADCIRC Boot Camp learn the basics of the modeling system during ADCIRC Week. Photo by Jason Fleming.

Similar to last year’s event, the ADCIRC Career Fair will be held during the Bonus Round on April 13. Candidates registering for the ADCIRC Career Fair will be highlighted in the Meeting program and on social media and are encouraged to dress professionally and carry an ample supply of business cards, hardcopy resumes and statements of interest. Potential employers, headhunters, and recruiting faculty are encouraged to register, and will be assigned a single dedicated 20-minute time slot for meeting the candidates.

The ADCIRC Community Awards will return for the 2018 ADCIRC Users Group Meeting to recognize voluntary individual contributions to the ADCIRC Community. Nominations for ADCIRC Community Man of the Year and ADCIRC Community Woman of the Year will be accepted during the registration process.

Registration, deadlines and requirements

International participants in ADCIRC Week who are required to obtain a visa to travel to the United States are strongly encouraged to apply for the visa as early as possible. Visit the U.S. State Department website to get details on visa requirements. A supporting letter for visa applications will be provided to international workshop participants upon request.

Pre-registration is required for all attendees, and registration by Feb. 28, 2018, is required to secure a 20-minute presentation time slot at the Meeting or for a poster position at the Poster Reception on Wednesday evening.

For more information, visit http://adcirc2018.eventbrite.com.