In September the 12th International Workshop was hosted at the US Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility (FRF, http://www.frf.usace.army.mil/) in Duck, North Carolina, USA. An amazing venue, that holds special to Argus hearts as this marked 30 years of cameras at the Duck tower.
The workshops occur every 18 -24 months and has previously been hosted by Deltares, Oregon State University and Water Research Laboratory (UNSW Australia). Notably, for the first time, the highly successful event was lead by 2 female early career researchers: Drs. Kate Brodie (FRF) and Meg. Palmsten (Naval Research Lab), as well as the long-standing god-father of Argus coastal imaging, Prof. Emeritus Rob Holman (Oregon State University). The workshop had 30% female attendance, many of whom were early-mid career researchers and highlight the growing trend of active females in the field of coastal geosciences.
Over 4 days, 30 attendees from Europe, Australia and the Americas presented on research related to the coastal imaging. Exciting talks on how drone technologies can now be used as mobile coastal imaging stations, to new insights on dune processes were discussed.
Key to this meeting was group discussions of the future of Argus and how the research group can be maintained and improved. A coastal imaging research network was initiated (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12010767) and is open to the public to join. We encourage any WICGE members interested in Coastal Imaging to join the group.
Photo credit: Rob Holman and is Phantom 4 drone. On location at the FRF pier.