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 Professors Allan Williams and Nelson Rangel-Buitrago Acknowledged by the Universidad del Atlántico


Aug 2018 Newsletter Universidad del Atlántico Announcement


There were several activities carried out in the Caribbean region by Research Professor Allan Thomas Williams, who in addition to giving a talk to a group of students and visiting the well-known beaches of Magdalena, Bolívar, and Atlántico, met with the Rector Rafael Castillo Pacheco in order to to deepen the approaches of the institution with the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David (United Kingdom).

During his visit to the facilities at the Universidad del Atlántico, the renowned researcher and Professor Emeritus expressed interest in creating research agreements between the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David and the Universidad del Atlántico. Professor Williams, along with the Vice-Rector for Research, Iván León Luna, and Full Professor Nelson Guillermo Rangel-Buitrago (Universidad del Atlántico) developed a field trip along the Colombian Caribbean coastline. This work allowed information to be compiled on two critical issues that affect the Colombian Caribbean coast: Coastal Erosion and Beach Pollution. With the results derived from these observations and the evaluation of a coastline under crisis, a series of scientific articles and papers will be prepared in international coastal congresses.

Upon arriving at the university campus, Williams was surprised by the majestic sports facilities, especially the swimming pool, noting that in the United Kingdom only two university institutions have a swimming pool for dives of Olympic dimensions, like those at the Universidad del Atlántico. Williams said, "I am a man of water and it is very impressive that you give such importance to this type of facilities, I liked that a lot. I am delighted and very interested in returning very soon. ".


Professor Allan Thomas Williams BSc, Ph.D, Dip Ed, C. Eng, C. Sci, MIMMM, is a world expert in issues related to the dynamics of coastal systems and has over 250 works published in high impact journals such as Shoreline Management, Marine Pollution, Tourist Management, Journal of Coastal Research (JCR), among others. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF) and is one the JCR Editorial Board.

Nelson Rangel-Buitrago (Bsc, Msc, PhD) is a Full Professor of Geology at the University of Atlantico, Barranquilla, Colombia. He has been teaching at the university level since 2003. In addition to his teaching experience, Prof. Rangel-Buitrago has conducted many research projects on geology, geomorphology, and coastal management and has served as an expert consultant for national and international organizations, mostly in Spain, Brazil, Chile, and Colombia. He is also part of the CERF-JCR research society by serving as a Lifetime Member.


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Invasive Spp.  CRL Announcement-995

This book focuses on the global threats to coastal environments from invasive, non-native species and examines how these alien biological species adversely alter landscapes and socioeconomic conditions as well as the psychological attitudes and perceptions of local inhabitants and tourists. Designed for the professional or specialist in marine science, coastal zone management, biology, and related disciplines, this volume appeals to those not only working directly with invasive flora and fauna species, but also those individuals involved in a wide array of coastal related fields. Examples and case studies of coastal invasive species are drawn from many different geographic areas worldwide, including North and South America, Europe, Oceania, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Africa.     

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Threats to Mangroves Front Cover-995

This book focuses on the worldwide threats to mangrove forests and the management solutions currently being used to counteract those hazards. Designed for the professional or specialist in marine science, coastal zone management, biology, and related disciplines, this work will appeal to those not only working to protect mangrove forests, but also the surrounding coastal areas of all types. Examples are drawn from many different geographic areas, including North and South America, India, West Africa, Oceania, and Southeast Asia. Subject areas covered include both human-induced and natural impacts to mangroves, intended or otherwise, as well as the efforts being made by coastal researchers to promote restoration of these coastal fringing forests.     

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 An Important Message Concerning Tidal Lagoon Power

in Swansea Bay, Wales



June 2018 Newsletter Swansea Bay Announcement


Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will be the world's first tidal lagoon power plant. A tidal lagoon is a 'U' shaped breakwater, built out from the coast which has a bank of hydro turbines in it. Water fills up and empties the man-made lagoon as the tides rise and fall. Electricity is generated on both the incoming and outgoing tides, four times a day, every day.

Due to the incredible tides on the West Coast of Britain, by keeping the turbine gates shut for just three hours, there is already a 4 m height difference in water between the inside and the outside of the lagoon. Power is then generated as the water rushes through 60 m long draft tubes, rotating the 7.2 m diameter hydro turbines.

The project was awarded a Development Consent Order in 2015 and is primed for construction. It will comprise 16 hydro turbines, a 9.5km breakwater wall, generating electricity for 155,000 homes for the next 120 years. Its major delivery partners include Atkins, General Electric, Andritz Hydro, Laing O'Rourke and Alun Griffiths Ltd.

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 CERF-JCR acknowledges the success of the

3rd International Water Safety Symposium (IWSS)


July 2018 Newsletter IWSS2018 Opening-995


The 3rd International Water Safety Symposium (IWSS) was held on 19-23 June 2018, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The meeting was attended by 370 people from over 20 countries around the world. Select proceedings are now being processed for publication in the upcoming Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) Special Issue #91.

July 2018 Newsletter IWSS2018 Closing-995


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