Recognizing the growing need for a coordinated, National science plan to address societal needs along the coast, ASBPA has been co-leading a community of practice involving Federal agencies, academic institutions, and stakeholders developing a sustained and coordinated U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP) to identify research needs, foster collaborative opportunities, enhance funding for academic programs, and promote science translation.
The USCRP aims to gain efficiencies in government research investments by prioritizing the 3 research themes identified in the Future of Nearshore Processes Research (PDF – 901 kb) report:
Learn more about the U.S. Coastal Research Program here.
ASBPA’s Science Director, Nicole Elko, serves as one of three co-Executive Directors of the USCRP (pictured with co-Executive Directors Julie Rosati, USACE and Hilary Stockdon, USGS). ASBPA has played an important role in USCRP development by providing leadership and engaging stakeholders. Thus far, one of the more meaningful engagement activities has involved inviting coastal managers to participate in, contribute management challenges to, and inform research recommendations and proposals during USCRP workshops. ASBPA provides a linkage between researchers and coastal practitioners to ensure USCRP research investments are societally relevant.