Shoring Up Coastal Engineering

by Robert A. Dalrymple, P.E., (F.ASCE), E. C. Davis Prof. of Civ. and Envir. Engrg. and Dir.; Center for Appl. Res. at the Univ. of Delaware in Newark, Delaware,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2001, Vol. 71, Issue 3, Pg. 52-53,84

Document Type: Feature article


Half of Americans live within 50 mi (80 km) of the coast, although it is becoming increasingly risky and expensive to do so. The importance of ports to the global economy coincides with devastating coastal storms and shoreline erosion. Yet despite the growing need for their skills, the supply of coastal engineers is in jeopardy because of the lack of funding for academic departments and basic research in the field. Here the author makes several suggestions for how to solve this problem, including creating a consortium of coastal engineering professors and funding more basic research at the university level.

Subject Headings: Shoring | Coastal engineering

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