The Coastal Coupling Community of Practice held their second annual meeting virtually on May 12-13, 2020. Lynker’s Outreach Specialist/Coastal Scientist, Cayla Dean, who supports NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Service, also worked with NOAA’s National Weather Service to host keynote speakers such as Jesse Feyen, the Deputy Director of NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and John Warner, an oceanographer at the U.S. Geological Survey at Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. Other presentations were from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, IOOS Regional Associations, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc., and the University of Texas at Austin. The meeting also featured facilitated discussions focused on developing and sharing consistent data sets, gathering stakeholder information, and future engagement opportunities for the community of practice.
The Coastal Coupling Community of Practice was formed to leverage federal and academic knowledge to address the complex challenges NOAA faces when delivering water information to meet the needs of the 21st century. The goal of the annual meeting was to advance collaboration around model coupling and learn how modeled solutions are being applied across diverse perspectives. The community has grown significantly over the past year due in large part to Cayla Dean, with over 90 participants joining this year’s meeting, up from 45 attendees last year.