The Life Cycle of a CERC: 1963-1983

by Jamie W. Moore, Citadel, Charleston, SC, USA,
Dorothy P. Moore, Citadel, Charleston, SC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Anticipating new opportunities in the coastal zone and convinced that basic research would be the means to secure them, in 1963 the United States Army Corps of Engineers created an independent entity, the Coastal Engineering Research Center (CERC): gave it a broad mandate, prime responsibility, and sufficient elbow room to do its work; and in subsequent years encouraged CERC's physical and organizational expansion. Given the data available to them, Corps leaders were responding logically. Twenty years later, different imperatives and perceptions caused a new set of decision makers to reach opposite conclusions. In folding CERC into the laboratory system at the Waterways Experiment Station (WES), they, too, selected the best from among the available alternatives.

Subject Headings: Life cycles | Sea water | Coastal management | Coastal environment | Business organizations | Decision making | Federal government | Waterways | United States

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