On behalf of the Solutions to Coastal Disasters Organizing Committee, you are cordially invited
to the Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference in Anchorage, Alaska taking place June 26 –
29. The Solutions conference series was developed to provide formal and informal venues for
the exchange of information, tools and ideas relating to coastal hazards, and has encouraged
involvement by a broad audience of coastal professionals for multi-disciplinary approaches to
Recent natural/manmade disasters such as the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan,
Katrina and the BP oil spill have shown that good planning, management and communication
among all disciplines and with the public is necessary when pushing the envelope of engineering
in the coastal environment. The Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference Series (2002, 2005,
2008 and now 2011) has attracted a diverse audience: managers, natural scientists, public
policymakers, lawyers, social scientists, members of the public, as well as engineers; all care
about the coast.
Alaska has 33,904 miles of coastline with all the coastal hazards: earthquakes, tsunamis, sea
level rise, ice and coastal storms. The arctic region is considered the last natural frontier of the
United States and also has access to the Northwest Passage and a large area of unexplored oil
reserves. Developing and conserving the rich natural resources and heritage and minimizing the
risk of any coastal disaster is one of the United States’ biggest challenges for the 21st Century.
We look forward to seeing you in Anchorage!
Louise Wallendorf, P.E.
Chair, Organizing Committee