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.

Conference Programme available by clicking here 

Enjoy All that Liverpool has to offer!

While you are in Liverpool there are many local attractions and places to visit, for inspiration there is a Tourist Information Centre in Albert Dock (across the main road) you can also view information on the excellent Visit Liverpool Website 




Main conference  Venue 11 - 15 September 

The Hilton Hotel Liverpool City Centre 11 - 15 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 conference has attratced 165 delegates from 27 different countries. The main plenary has seen a large numbers of delegates attending, and also participating in numerous smaller meetings and group sessions leading to some really interesting work moving forward.



Icebreaker Reception Monday 11th September 2017 

Merseyside Maritime Museum located in the Albert Dock, Liverpool was the chosen venue to formally welcome delegates to Liverpool. The museum 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. 

The guest of Hounour for the evening was the Right Worshipfull Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Christine Banks, in her speach she welcomed the international delegates to Liverpool as the first host city for the workshop outside of North America and encouraged delegates to enjoy all that Liverpool has to offer while they are in the city.


Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Prof Kevin Horsburgh and Val Swail 



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. 

Delegates came together for an evening of networking and relaxation at the conference dinner, Prof Kevin Horsburgh, the conference host commented, "when bringing international delegates to Liverpool dinner had to be at the iconic Royal Liver Building". the delegates enjoyed the unique location and stunning views of the Pier Head and the Mersey estuary beyond.

The Group Photograph from the Conference can be downloaded by clicking here 




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.

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

Student Registration will open 1 June 2017 chargeable at £200.00 (sterling) per student 

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

Please be aware that spaces for the Gala Dinner are now all filled.

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


Details of hotels in Liverpool are available by clicking here 

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)



LISCO - Liverpool Institute for Sustainable Coasts and Ocean 


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