We’ve had a busy and productive year in Science & Technology. Here are some highlights:
At the 2019 Coastal Conference, ASBPA Science & Technology (S&T) expanded upon the initial 2018 effort with funding from the US Geological Survey (USGS) toward a strategic evaluation of coastal management challenges. The effort will address objectives of the ASBPA, the USGS, and the US Coastal Research Program (USCRP). 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.
Next steps include:
ASBPA’s National Beach Nourishment Database: This online tool provides a broadly-sourced national overview of the history of beach nourishment in the U.S. 511 projects have placed >1.6 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, CPE, 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.
In 2019, we developed advanced capabilities for the tool to allow ASBPA users to edit nourishment data online. S&T leveraged a network of networks that highlights ASBPA’s excellent national reach into specific practitioner communities. Committee members were assigned regions corresponding to their area of experience. Each of these “regional managers” was asked to reach out to up to five other coastal managers within their region, and so on. This strategy has developed a national network of coastal professionals who are called upon once each year to update the database with recent nourishment data.
Next step includes: A 2020 update (kicks off in April) to verify existing data, identify missing and new projects, and promote use of database.
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 papers is non-technical coastal professionals and stakeholders. 2019 papers include “Beach Nourishment Activities on Coastal Biogeochemical Processes and Conditions” (Aug 2019) and “Existing Conservation Measures and Recommended BMPs for Regional Sediment Management in Coastal Inlets” (forthcoming).
Next steps include: 2020 White Paper on ASBPA National Beach Nourishment Database.
ASBPA’s Science Director serves as a co-Executive Director of the USCRP, a collaboration of federal agencies, academics, and stakeholders that aims to build a community of practice, identify research priorities and fundamental knowledge gaps for addressing societally-relevant coastal challenges, foster collaborative opportunities, enhance funding for academics and students), and promote science translation to users. To date, USCRP has hosted 5 workshops and awarded $6.3M for 37 academic studies.