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Project Title:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning: Coastal Risk Reduction
PIN: DELS-WSTB-09-05        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit: Water Science and Technology Board

RSO: Johnson, Stephanie

Subject/Focus Area: Engineering and Technology; Environment and Environmental Studies; Transportation and Infrastructure

Project Scope
This committee will provide advice to the Corps of Engineers on a range of scientific, engineering, and water resources planning issues through periodic reports. Through its reports, the committee will provide advice to the Corps on agency practices that are valid or that should be revised, and help the Corps anticipate and prepare for emerging water resources planning challenges. Meetings between this committee and the Corps will allow for the identification of important and emerging water resources planning and policy issues of high priority to the agency and upon which they are seeking external advice. In addition to speaking with the Corps of Engineers, the committee often will engage invited speakers from other federal agencies, U.S. congressional staff, state governments, the private sector, and relevant stakeholders. The committee also may serve as a forum for occasional workshops on thematic issues, such as flood risk management, sustainable river system planning, hydroecosystem restoration, or implications to water management of climate change and variability.
This committee's first report (issued 03/24/2011) identified emerging national water resources challenges and their implications for Corps of Engineers strategies and programs.
The committee's second report (issued 09/27/2012) addressed the future of Corps of Engineers water resources infrastructure.
The committee's third and final report will focus on reducing flood risks from coastal storm surges. The committee will address the following questions in the final phase of its work:
1. What coastal risk-reduction strategies have been used along the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts to reduce impacts of coastal flooding associated with storm surges, and what design standards or levels of protection have been used? To what extent have these many strategies and levels of protection proven effective in terms of economic return, protection of life safety, and minimizing environmental effects?
2. What are the regional and national implications of expanding the extent and levels of coastal storm surge protection? Examples might include operations and maintenance costs, sediment availability, and regional-scale sediment dynamics.
3. How might risk-related principles contribute to the development of design standards for coastal risk-reduction projects? How might risk-related principles increase the ability of coastal regions and communities to prepare for coastal storms and surge, and adjust to changing coastal dynamics, such as prospects of sea level rise?
4. What general principles might be used to guide future investments in U.S. coastal risk reduction?
The project is sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The approximate start date for the project is 07/29/2009. The final report is expected to be issued by summer 2014.

"Note (06-dd-2013): The Project Scope shown above has been updated to include the committee’s final (Phase 3) task that will result in the third and final report of the project. ”

Project Duration: 18 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 02/16/2010
 Meeting 2 - 07/07/2010
 Meeting 3 - 09/28/2010
 Meeting 4 - 04/05/2011
 Meeting 5 - 07/06/2011
 Meeting 6 - 12/12/2011
 Meeting 7 - 03/01/2012
 Meeting 8 - 08/26/2013
 Meeting 9 - 10/08/2013
 Meeting 10 - 11/15/2013
 Meeting 11 - 12/17/2013
 Meeting 12 - 02/18/2014
 Meeting 13 - 03/28/2014


Reports having no URL can be seen
at the Public Access Records Office
National Water Resources Challenges Facing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Corps of Engineers Water Resources Infrastructure: Deterioration, Investment, or Divestment?
Reducing Coastal Risk on the East and Gulf Coasts