NOPP Announces 2009 Excellence in Partnering Award Winner

(Click to enlarge image) Coastline near Drew Point, AK. (Credit: Cameron W. Wobus)

The winner project of this year’s Excellence in Partnering Award is Toward a predictive model of Arctic coastal retreat in a warming climate, Beaufort Sea, Alaska.

The Excellence in Partnering Award is given to a National Oceanographic Partnership Program Project that has exemplified the NOPP goals of partnering across industry, academia and government to promote the national goals of assuring national security, advancing economic development, protecting quality of life, and strengthening science education and communication through improved knowledge of the ocean.

The “Arctic Coastal Retreat” research team includes six partner researchers from the University of Colorado Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, Stratus Consulting, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Naval Postgraduate School. These entities worked to integrate long-term morphological studies of the Arctic coast initiated by the USGS partners with detailed studies of the unique properties of ice-laden sediments exposed to nearshore wave processes by the academic and private industry partners. The “Arctic Coastal Retreat” NOPP project team is composed of experienced Arctic experts with unique skills – computer modeling, nearshore field measurement technologies, Arctic logistics, and long-term Arctic coastal observational data, among others. All of these skills were critical to the overall success of the project. Learn more about the project and its impact on public awareness of Arctic coastal processes at

(Click to enlarge image) Toppling of blocks. (Credit: Cameron W. Wobus)