In the field of coastal engineering many conferences are organised where recent work is first presented and subsequently collected in conference Proceedings. Four major conferences are discussed below.
International Conference on Coastal Engineering
The International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE) is the world’s premier forum on coastal engineering and related sciences. The Institution of Civil Engineers and the Coastal Engineering Research Council (CERC) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) organise the bi-annual conference. The conference includes papers on theory, measurement, analysis, modelling and practice. As an illustration, The invitation brochure of ICCE 2004 mentions the following topics:
- Coastal Processes and Climate Change. Oceanography, meteorology, morpho-dynamics and sediment processes, macro and micro tidal regimes, extreme events, coastal waves, effects on coastal management;
- Flood & Coastal Defence Engineering and Management. Beach management and nourishment, coastal and beach control structures, construction techniques and performance;
- Flood Risk Management. Strategic planning, flood warning, forecasting and coastal change monitoring, data management and exchange, risk and uncertainty, decision making;
- Coastal Environment. Recreation, industrial activity, water quality, wetlands and estuaries, sustainability, environmental economics;
- Ports and Harbours. Siltation, dredging and dredged material re-use, navigation channels, optimisation, wave-structure interactions, breakwater monitoring, coastal interactions;
- Coastal Legislation, Planning and Cooperation. Government policy, funding, collaborative projects, integrated coastal zone management, international cooperation and conventions, law enforcement, effects of coastal hazards on land use planning.
Coastal Sediments is a multi-disciplinary international conference convened for re- searchers and practitioners to discuss science and engineering issues of coastal sedi- ment processes. The conference is organised every fourth year by the Committee on Coastal Engineering of the Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division of the Amer- ican Society of Civil Engineers. The conference provides a high level technical forum for exchange of information among the fields of coastal engineering, geology, ocean- ography, meteorology, physical oceanography, and biology.
The Coastal Dynamics conferences are held under the auspices of the ASCE every four years and are a sequence of technical speciality conferences bringing together field and laboratory experimentalists, theoreticians and modellers conducting research on coastal hydrodynamics and sediment transport. The proceedings of the multi- disciplinary conference are of interest to coastal engineers, coastal geologists, ocean-ographers, and related sciences.
Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries
The mission of the Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC) conferences was originally to provide an international forum where coastal and port engineers from developing countries can exchange know-how and experience amongst themselves and with their colleagues from industrialised countries. In 1999, this was expanded to the following mission: To enable the developing countries to have a sustainable human resources pool of highly skilled coastal and port development professionals. At the conference, which is held every four years, papers are presented on many subjects with special reference to needs in developing countries; viz.:
- Port and Harbour Infrastructure Engineering in Developing Countries. Port infrastructure design: choice of structures, design methods and techniques. Port construction: choice of materials, dredging and construction techniques. Port renovation: renovation and demolition techniques;
- Port Infrastructure Planning and Management in Developing Countries. Port planning: economic forecasts, site selection, layout and nautical aspects. Economic aspects: BOT, PPP, privatisation, containerisation. Operations and maintenance: performance, safety, management;
- Coastal Sediments and Hydrodynamics. Coastal stability, beach erosion, con- trol and nourishment. Sedimentation, maintenance dredging of harbours basins and approach channels. Waves, currents and tides: field survey and measuring techniques;
- Coastal Zone Management in Developing Countries. Integrated coastal planning: development, implementation, evaluation. Impacts of coastal use: fisheries, infrastructure, tourism, recreation. Policy, regulations and guidelines for coastal zone management;
- Coastal and Port Environmental Aspects. Environmental Impact Assessment: pollution control and treatment. Sediment and dredging materials: characterisation, treatment, disposal. Waste management: reception facilities, prevention, treatment.