1st International Workshop on Waves, Storm Surges and Coastal Hazards


Liverpool, UK, 10-15 September 2017


Following the success of the joint workshops on waves, storm surges, and coastal hazards held in Key West in November 2015, these landmark international meetings (www.waveworkshop.orgwill again be held jointly in Liverpool, United Kingdom September 10-15, 2017.

The aim of the conference is to:

  • provide the international forum for sharing advances in wind, wave, and storm surge modeling including fully-integrated coastal warning systems, and the effects of climate change
  • promote multi-disciplinary collaboration in the field of coastal risk and resiliency, including impact-based forecasting, coastal management and planning, and the role of natural protection
  • coordinate ongoing initiatives and discuss research priorities

This meeting is sponsored by the Liverpool Institute for Sustainable Coasts and Oceans (LISCO), the UK National Oceanography Centre, the Taylor Engineering Research Institute at the University of North Florida, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the WMO-IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM)

Topics of interest are:

  • Theoretical, observational, numerical, or operational applications focused on the physics of wave generation, extreme seas, near-coast applications, and unique waves such as rogue waves and solitons
  • Storm surge climatology and statistical aspects of storm surges, the use of observations in storm surge forecasting and warning, coupled model systems (including enhanced coupling between atmosphere, waves, storm surge, ice, as well as links to ocean models)
  • The combined effects of waves, currents, surges and other processes that affect communities in coastal areas

Presentations dealing with research related to these themes will be given particular consideration; however we welcome submissions regarding other aspects of wave and storm surge hindcasting and forecasting including operational forecasting and case studies.

The program will consist of presentation and poster sessions. There will be no parallel sessions. Authors should indicate their session preference, but the final decision rests with the workshop organizers.

Poster Format:

Dimensions of posters should not exceed A0, 1189mm (vertical) x 841mm (horizontal) and be printed in a portrait layout. Material to hang up your poster will be provided by the conference staff. 



Conference Registration:

The conference registration includes:-

  • Attendance to the Icebreaker Reception being held at Merseyside Maritime Museum.
  • Attendance to the conference sessions including daytime refreshments and lunch on each conference day.
  • Attendance to the Gala Conference dinner being held at the Iconic Liver Building.

Conference registration is per delegate charged at £420.00 (sterling) 

Student Registration will open 1 June 2017 chargeable at £200.00 (sterling) per student (please note this does not include a ticket to the Gala Dinner)

to register please click here and ensure once you have registered your details you move to the ticket payment screen 

Gala Dinner Registration:

For those delegates wishing to bring along a guest to the Gala Dinner being held at the Liver Building a charge of £65.00 per additional guest applies please register by clicking here


Main conference will take place at the Hilton Hotel Liverpool City Centre 11th - 15th September 2017 , Situated in the centre of the Liverpool ONE retail and leisure complex, this Liverpool Hotel's location provides easy access to transport links and cultural attractions. From contemporary accommodation to superb event spaces, guests can easily get the most out of their experience. Built on the site of the old customs house, Hilton Liverpool City Centre has a curved design that represents the meandering River Mersey.

The registration fee will include all elements of the conference except for accommodation.


Icebreaker Reception Monday 11th September 2017 Merseyside Maritime Museum is in the Albert Dock, Liverpool. It contains a variety of objects associated with the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool. Highlights include ships' models, maritime paintings, colourful posters from the golden age of liners and even some full sized vessels. There is also the major current exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story, which tells the story of Liverpool's links to the ill-fated liner. 



Gala Conference Dinner at the Royal Liver Building Wednesday 13th September 2017Overlooking the River Mersey and dominating one of the world’s most famous waterfront skylines, is the Royal Liver Building. This iconic symbol of Liverpool, built in 1911, and at the time, the tallest building in Europe, has the enviable status of a Grade 1 listed landmark building. Classic on the outside yet modern, light and chic on the inside with large open plan interiors that push the boundaries of contemporary design and technology.



We have negotiated rates for accommodation rates with the following hotels, special booking codes will be available from January 2017.

Hilton Hotel Liverpool  Address: 3 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool L1 8LW Phone: 0151 708 4200  

A rate of £120 per night bed and breakfast has been negotisted with the hotel for delegates attending the conference, when making a booking please GNOCA or click here to be directed to the Hotel reservation site 

Malmaison Liverpool   Address: 7 William Jessop Way, Liverpool L3 1QZ Phone: 0151 363 3640  

Rates from £79.00 per person per night. For your guests to call and book their rooms, the code to quote is ‘1009NO’  and the number to call is +44 (0)3300160381 selecting the groups and events option between 8.30am- 6pm, Monday -Friday. Alternatively you can email groupsdesk@malmaison.com. Please remember, your guests have until  14/07/17 to  book their rooms.  Any bedrooms not picked up after this date will be automatically released  without charge. Please note individual guests have until 4pm on 11/08/17  to cancel without charge

Jurys Inn Liverpool      Address  31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool L3 4FN  Phone: 0151 244 3777

Rates from £105.00 per person per night. to make a reservation please go                                                                           to https://www.jurysinns.com/hotels/liverpool when making a reservation you will be asked for a Promo / Group code JINATI100917 to access to agreed rates.

Organising Committee: 

Kevin Horsburgh kevinh@noc.ac.uk 

Val Swail Val.Swail@canada.ca 

Don Resio don.resio@unf.edu 





This meeting is sponsored by the Liverpool Institute for Sustainable Coasts and Oceans (LISCO), the UK National Oceanography Centre, the Taylor Engineering Research Institute at the University of North Florida, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the WMO-IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM)



  Information of the previous meetings is available at www.waveworkshop.org