GEO Blue Planet Coastal Flooding Working Group

The GEO Blue Planet Coastal Flooding Working Group has identified coastal bathymetry as a key information gap in many regions for the successful development and implementation of coastal flood forecasts. Emily Smail, Executive Director of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative and ESSIC/CISESS Senior Faculty Specialist, and Paul DiGiacomo, Chief of the Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division in the NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), are working to organize an international community of practice to share information on satellite derived bathymetry. 


The group will be tasked with developing pilot projects with the support of Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Coastal Observations Applications Services and Tools (COAST) Ad Hoc Team in the Chesapeake Bay, Bay of Bengal and Marshall Islands.  


In addition to her work with ESSIC/CISESS and the GEO Blue Planet Initiative, Smail serves as the co-chair of the GEO AquaWatch Initiative‘s outreach and user engagement working group and supports outreach and education efforts for the NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch program.