International Rock Coast 2020

A state of the art
international congress
Trieste, Italy
27-28 August, 2020


Stefano Furlani, University of TRIESTE  

Lluis Gomez-Pujol, University of the BALEARIC ISLANDS

Marta Pappalardo, University of PISA

Matt Strzelecki, University of WROCLAW



The International Rock Coast Conference

The IRC2020 Conference will take place on 27-28 august 2020, in Trieste, Italy. The meeting is intended as a forum to discuss advances in the study of rock coasts and will include a range of presentations relevant to Rock Coast Geomorphology. The organizing committee, part of the IAG Working Group on Rocky Coasts, will review proposed papers and posters titles and abstracts, and, if successful the author(s) will be invited to present their work at the Conference.

The IRC2020 Conference will be of interest and direct benefit to those who research, manage, conserve and develop the rock coastal zone, not only on a local or state basis, but also at an international level. Specifically this event will be useful to: Coastal scientists and researchers, Coastal planners/managers, coastal/marine conservation organizations, environmental consultancies/engineers, government environment agencies, local authorities.
As a key point of the Conference it will be organized a two-day (29-30 August) field trip to the Gulf of Trieste in order to visit some of the classical rock coast study site locations along the Istrian coast.

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Close to 20 years ago several international rock coast researchers met at Brighton (UK) at the
EUROPEAN ROCK COASTS 2001 CONFERENCE. This meeting was the first international symposium devoted
mainly to the rock coast geomorphology under the support of the EU-funded research project ESPED
(European Shore Platform Erosion Dynamics). Since then, there has been a considerable range of
research projects actively investigating the erosion processes operating in rock coasts. The time
when rock coast papers use the “a neglected coastal feature” formula have disappeared and very
often the most relevant journals devoted to Geomorphology or to Marine Ecology publish papers
on rock coast processes and forms evolution. It should be noticed that during the last decade the
rock coast community has increased resulting in a consolidated Working Group at the International
Association of Geomorphologists or, as well as, producing a seminal book for the discipline as the
“ROCK COAST GEOMORPHOLOGY: A GLOBAL SYNTHESIS” published by the Geological Society of London.

There is a clear need for rock coast researchers to take stock of what they have achieved to-date,
and to identify future research needs and directions. Additionally, one of the most relevant results
from the EUROPEAN ROCK COAST 2001 CONFERENCE was to establish international links and collaborative
research topics among researchers from different countries and disciplines. And close to 20 years
later it is a good opportunity for the community to join and discuss thematically on the advances,
the threats and the directions for future research.

On the other hand, coastal protection agencies and engineering contractors charged with managing
rock coasts face many difficult problems. In some locations rates of cliff retreat are high, threatening
roads, properties and infrastructures. Frequent cliff falls may pose a significant hazard to tourist and
outdoor recreation practices. A lack of data, coupled with inadequate funding can reduce the
effectiveness of coastal management.

Against this background the International Rock Coast 2020 Conference, at Trieste, provides
participants with a timely opportunity to address key scientific and technological issues on rock
coast research, and the implication of the research for coastal zone management.


                                                                a state of the art 


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