ASBPA’s Science Director serves as a member of the USCRP Virtual Program Office (VPO) coordinating a community of researchers from federal agencies, academia, and industry who have developed a sustained, coordinated national research program. Goals are to identify research needs, better coordinate federal research activities, more efficiently utilize funding, strengthen academic programs, and build a skilled workforce. The ASBPA Science Director has organized workshops and co-authored reports for this effort, which include the Future of Nearshore Processes Research (2014); a federal workshop (March 2016) to produce the “U.S. Coastal Research Implementation Plan” (the first National Nearshore Collaboration workshop (December 2016), and the 2018 storms workshop (below).
Based on a successful 2015 workshop format on Dune Management Challenges on Developed Coasts, the Science Director assisted the USCRP to convene coastal stakeholders across all sectors – academics, government, industry, NGOs – to understand our present capabilities for modeling storm processes, forecasting impacts, and determine/prioritize where advancements are needed. The topic for this workshop, which was held in St. Petersburg, FL in Spring 2018, was motivated by ASBPA members concerned about recent hurricane storm surge forecasts. A subsequent call for proposals, resulted in the award of eight grants totaling $550,000 from the participating federal agencies to support graduate student research projects that focus on addressing challenges and topics identified in the meeting.
At the 2018 Coastal Conference, ASBPA S&T kicked off an effort to engage ASBPA members to identify the most critical management challenges. The goal of this effort is to socialize these challenges to inform applied coastal research investments and to publish white papers and easy-to-understand products describing each by 2022.
ASBPA’s National Beach Nourishment Database: 452 projects have placed >1.5 billion cubic yards of sand on US beaches since the 1920’s. The geodatabase, developed in partnership with the USACE Regional Sediment Management (RSM) Program and APTIM, includes federal projects, beneficial placement of navigation sediment, and state/local/private beach nourishment projects. It maps the volume of sand, cost, and length of shoreline restored.
White Papers for Public Outreach: ASBPA has published at least one White Paper per year for the past 5 years. The intended audience for these paper are non-technical coastal professionals and stakeholders. 2018 efforts focused on “Training the next generation of U.S. coastal scientists and engineers.”
Finally, 2018 was a groundbreaking year for the organization as we hired Dr. Nicole Elko as our Science Director, a brand-new staff position expanding our science advocacy and coordination with federal agencies and the academic community. “Staffing” the S&T committee meant working with the committee, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and the board of directors to develop and implement yearly plans, coordinating ASBPA’s science work, serving in USCRP’s program office, and representing ASBPA with scientific organizations and at conferences. The Science Director proposed additional funding to advance ASBPA’s scientific goals and objectives. In addition, Dawn York with Moffatt & Nichol, joined Dr. Tiffany Roberts-Briggs, with Florida Atlantic University, as a new co-chair.