2012 State of the Coast
Preparing for a Changing Future
Call for Abstracts
Deadline for Abstract Submittal - February 10, 2012
The mission of the State of the Coast (SOC) conference is to provide a forum to learn from recent advances in science and engineering as they relate to coastal Louisiana, to ensure that relevant and current knowledge is applied to existing and future coastal restoration and protection efforts, and to use that information to effectively inform management, policy and decision making. The SOC will focus on the challenge of a dynamic working coast. Louisiana's coastal landscape is rapidly changing, from continued deterioration of the coastal wetlands, to injuries from storms and other events, to changes in ecosystem service capacity, politics, and economics. This conference will focus on the challenges facing Louisiana as we acknowledge a dynamic environment, an uncertain future, and a continue efforts toward a sustainable landscape. All individuals interested in Louisiana's coastal restoration and protection activities are invited to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation. Oral and poster presentations will be selected from abstract submissions, and abstracts from all presentations will be included in the conference proceedings.
A Student Poster Contest will be judged during the Poster Reception on June 26, 2012.
NOTE - We encourage anyone interested to submit a session for consideration. If you would like to submit a session, please submit a separate page with the Session Topic, Session Description and the presenters' names and titles of their presentations. The presenters' abstracts can be attached to the same email.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Abstracts must be received by February 10, 2012. Submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will receive an automatic response email once received. If you do not receive a reply email, please call the Coalition at (888) - LACOAST.
IMPLICATIONS: One of the most important aspects of this conference is not only to share our knowledge or data but to inform the audience about how your contribution could impact the future of coastal restoration and protection planning and implementation. Therefore, all submittals will be required to include a 150-word description of the implications of this research/knowledge for future coastal planning and implementation.
POSTING OF PRESENTATIONS: To facilitate information exchange of the material presented, authors will be asked as a condition of abstract acceptance to provide electronic copies of their oral presentations and posters for posting onto the conference website after the conference. Authors will have the option of redacting any unpublished or preliminary information they do not wish to have accessible by the public.
SESSION TOPICS: The first State of the Coast Conference in Baton Rouge in 2010 included sixty-three oral presentations in twenty-one contributed sessions, organized around eighteen topical themes. We anticipate continued interest in many of these topics for the 2012 conference in New Orleans. In addition, we anticipate interest in talks related to both the release of the revision to the State's 2012 Master Plan, and continued interest in ecosystem impact and recovery following last year's Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Accordingly, a list of potential session topics for contributed oral presentations and posters is shown below. To facilitate the efforts of the Planning Committee we encourage authors submitting abstracts to identify if their presentations relate to one of these topics.
• 2012 Revision to the State's Master Plan
• Remote Sensing Applications for Coastal Protection & Restoration
• Barrier Islands & Shorelines
• Chenier Plain Restoration & Management Climate Change & Sea-Level Rise
• Coastal Hazards and Pollution (e.g., Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impacts and Recovery)
• Coastal Polices and Planning (coastal zone management)
• Coastal Resilience
• Delta Plain Restoration & Management
• Diversions: Science, Design, and Performance
• Ecosystem Restoration
• Ecosystem Services
• Historical/Current State of Coastal Resources
• Impact of Extreme Storms/Hurricane on Coasts
• Improving Flood Protection and Risk Reduction Projects
• Innovative Coastal Restoration Tools
• Lessons Learned from Existing Coastal Protection and Restoration Projects
• Predictive Modeling Tools (e.g., ecosystem, upper trophic level, storm surge, etc.)
• River Morphology & Dynamics
• Regional Sediment Management for Coastal Restoration
• Social and Economic Risks
• Structural and Ecosystem Responses to the 2011 Mississippi River Flood
• Structural and Non-structural Protection
• Upper Trophic Level
However, this list should not be considered restrictive. As described above, we also encourage proposals for additional full session topics as well as individual abstracts outside of this list.Abstract Preparation and Formatting Instructions (please see attached example):
• Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words. Text only. No graphs or figures.
• Implications section should be no longer than 150 words. Text only. No graphs or figures.
• MS Office WORD document, set margins at 1", top, bottom and sides and use Times Roman font at a size of 12 points.
• POSTER ONLY Submittals - If you are submitting an abstract for a POSTER presentation only, please type POSTER in top left corner of the page. If you are eligible for the Student Poster Contest, please type STUDENT POSTER in the top left corner of the page.
• Type abstract title flush left on the top line in upper and lower case, standard title format.
• Use the following formatting within titles: italics (for scientific names), subscript (for scientific formulas and superscript mathematic equations), etc.
• List the senior author first and BOLD the presenting author
• Identify author affiliations using superscript numeral references
• Do not include professional titles of the authors. Include ONLY the affiliation name, city, state and country in abstract listing. (Please do not include full mailing address at the top of the abstract.)
• Type the body of the abstract single spaced without indents or tabs. DOUBLE SPACE BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS.
• Apply bolding, italics, underlining, superscripts and subscripts in your main text as you want it to appear in your final abstract.
• Include full contact information for the presenting author at the very end of the abstract.
• For all abstracts (oral and poster presentations), please indicate if your abstract pertains to one of the session topics listed above. If not, please indicate "Additional Topic", or indicate another topic.
Abstracts must be submitted to email@example.com. Email verification will be sent to confirm receipt of your abstract.
For questions or to verify the status of your abstract contact: Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, (225) 767-4181, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title of Example Abstract
Session Topic: From the above list, additional, or undefined
Joe Smith, Jane Doe, and Mary Brown
University of New Orleans, University of Miami
Here is where I am going to write the text of my abstract. I have a maximum of 500 words. It will be single spaced without indents or tabs. I can apply bolding, italics, underlining, superscripts and subscripts in my main text however I like. The abstracts will not be altered prior to printing in the State of the Coast program.
Between paragraphs, I will double space. When I am done with my abstract text, I will include full contact information for the presenting author.
I have a maximum of 150 words here to describe the how my topic could impact the future of coastal restoration and protection planning and implementation
University of Miami
P.O. Box 5555
Miami, FL 55555
Phone (555) 555-5555
Fax (555) 555-5555
Email - email@example.com