History and Heritage of Coastal Engineering

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Nicholas C. Kraus
American Society of Civil Engineers, Jan 1, 1996 - Technology & Engineering - 610 pages

Papers on the history of coastal engineering from the 25th International Coastal Engineering Conference, held in Orlando, Florida, September 1996.

This collection of 15 papers honors the individuals and institutions who contributed to the foundations of the coastal engineering discipline. Although coastal engineering is a relatively new discipline within civil engineering, coastal engineering works have been constructed for hundreds?thousands, even?of years for port development, coastal hazard protection, and reclamation of land from the sea. Different countries have different needs and devised different approaches. These papers, which document the evolution of society and its relation to coasts, are derived from the perspectives of 15 countries that have hosted the ICCE. Readers will be fascinated by the ingenuity and determination of our ancestors, as well as the accomplishments made in modern times. This volume is rich with information, colorful anecdotes, and citations to many almost-forgotten original references worthy of re-examination.

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This is a little-known publications that came out at the time of the 1996 International Conference on Coastal Engineering. For coastal scientists and engineers (especially relatively recent graduates) this is a wonderful resource that provides (country-by-country) insight into the historical developments of this field. I, personally, am a Canadian, so Bill Kamphuis' telling of Canadian coastal history is particularly poignant. At the same time, the ability to read the national histories of other countries' efforts -written by internationally acclaimed leaders in their field is excellent: Bijker, Swart, Kraus, Horikawa, Losada, Vidal... it's fascinating to read their recollections of how this field developed and who the characters where that influenced its path.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand coastal engineering - how we got here and how to move forward.
Mike Davies, Ottawa

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