ECOR, an International Organization Active in the Coastal Zoneby H. Brian Nicholls, Bedford Inst of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Canada,
Abstract: The Engineering Committee on Oceanic Resources is an international organization that fosters and facilitates cooperation in the field of ocean engineering. The purpose of ECOR is: (a) to provide an international focus and forum for engineering activities and interests in marine technology and associated fields; and (b) to further international engineering initiatives pertaining to the management and exploitation of oceanic resources. Membership in ECOR, in the form of one national committee per country, is through a group recognized in that country as providing the national focus in the field. Currently fourteen countries are members of ECOR. The organization conducts its activities largely through a series of international working groups, several of which pertain to coastal zone issues and cover such topics as: ocean energy systems; reliability methods for the design and operation of offshore oil/gas structures; the large-scale cleansing of polluted seabeds; marine robotics; marine oil pollution; and numerical modelling tools for storm surge impact prediction in the coastal zone (proposed working group). This paper reviews the activities of ECOR relevant to the coastal zone and explains how managers and others can benefit from this international approach to engineering issues.
Subject Headings: Organizations | Coastal environment | Resource management | System reliability | Structural reliability | Offshore platforms
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