On October 26-28, 2015, nearly 100 members of the coastal management and research communities met in Kitty Hawk, NC, USA to bridge the apparent gap between the coastal dune research of scientists and engineers and the needs of coastal management practitioners. The workshop aimed to identify the challenges involved in building and managing dunes on developed coasts, assess the extent to which scientific knowledge can be applied to the management community, and identify approaches to provide means to bridge the gap between needs and potential solutions.
In connection with the workshop, ASBPA hosted a technology challenge, recommending several small ($25-50K) awards to directly support academic research to investigate one of the challenges identified during the workshop. These were funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Geological Survey. The performance period is up to 2 years with an expectation that the awardees will present preliminary findings at ASBPA’s annual meeting during a dedicated session in October 2017. For more information, read the Executive Summary of the meeting. (PDF – 231kb)