Role of the Coastal Engineer in Civil Engineering Practice

ASCE Coastal Engineering Technical Committee

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering Practice


Coastal engineering is a specialized discipline of civil engineering that encompasses a wide variety of activities related to harbors, navigation, shore erosion and storm protection. Because of the complex and dynamic nature of the coastal environment, coastal engineers must rely not only on technology, but also on experience and judgment. Also, coastal projects are expensive, and often are designed for higher levels of risk than other civil engineering works. Several examples of recent coastal engineering projects are described to illustrate only a few of the many successful contributions that coastal engineers have made to the general practice of civil engineering.

Subject Headings: Engineering profession | Coastal engineering | Ports and harbors | Project management | Airports and airfields | Navigation (waterway) | Coastal management | Erosion

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