Selected Coastal Engineering Papers of Robert L. Wiegel: Civil Engineering Classics

by Billy L. Edge,
Lesley C. Ewing,
Orville T. Magoon,
Ronald M. Noble,
Donald D. Treadwell,

American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA
978-0-7844-1191-9 (ISBN-13) | 2011, Soft Cover, Pg. xx, 918
28 cm

Document Type: Book


Sponsored by the Coastal Zone Management Committee of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute of ASCE.

This collection contains 54 papers and articles highlighting the contributions to coastal and offshore engineering by Robert L. Wiegel. His research interests are many and varied, ranging from wave forces on offshore structures and pipelines to ocean wave spectra, from beach erosion control to harbor arrangements, from the operation of amphibious vehicles in surf to tsunamis. During a 57-year career of teaching, research, and practice, he amassed the enormous Coastal Slides Catalog of more than 12,000 of photographs and slides collected in 55 countries, which is now part of the Water Resources Center Archives in Riverside, California. He produced more than 155 publications and 100 technical reports on various phases of ocean engineering, including the classic, Oceanographical Engineering.

Professor Wiegel's career began in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps. In 1946, he joined the engineering faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, and became a professor of civil engineering in 1963 and professor emeritus in 1987. At different times in his career, he served as chair of ASCE's Coastal Engineering Research Council, president of the International Engineering Committee on Oceanic Resources (advisor to UNESCO), and editor of Shore & Beach (ASBPA). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Distinguished Member and Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The papers selected for this volume, in consultation with Professor Wiegel, offer a sampling of the breadth and depth of his work and form a tribute to his long-lasting accomplishments. Presented in chronological order, these papers trace the evolution of not only his career, but of coastal engineering itself. Coastal engineers-but also engineers working with wind, water, structures, and sedimentation issues-continue to benefit from Wiegel's generosity as a researcher, colleage, and teacher.

Subject Headings: Ocean engineering | Faculty | Engineering profession | Engineering education | Professional development | Coastal engineering | Ocean waves | California | United States


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