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Recognizing the growing need for a coordinated, National science plan to address societal needs along the coast, a community of researchers from Federal agencies, academia, industry, and NGOs developed a sustained and coordinated U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP)
In March 2014, academic and Federal coastal researchers convened the Future of Nearshore Processes Workshop to develop a research vision that addresses societally-relevant science challenges. The resulting Nearshore Report outlined research priorities as well as recommendations for achieving the shared vision. By 2016, nine federal agencies had agreed to collaborate to implement the recommendations including the development of a National coastal program.
To better understand and demonstrate the current commitment to coastal research in the US, over 260 Federal and non-federal, ongoing coastal science projects were identified, inventoried and categorized. Existing and potential collaborations, as well as areas of societal interest where science is needed, were showcased in the National Plan. It also includes 11 research and infrastructure investment recommendations.
DUNEX is a multi-agency, academic, and non-governmental organization collaborative of the US Coastal Research Program (USCRP) to study nearshore coastal processes during one or more coastal storms. It is planned in several phases in vicinity of the Outer Banks, North Carolina, beginning with a pilot study in fall 2019, followed by focused storm measurements extending from fall 2020 into winter 2021.
To foster additional collaborations, the USCRP hosted the 1st National Nearshore Collaboration Workshop in December 2016, where 14 multi-agency collaborative projects were conceived based on topics and concepts identified in the Nearshore Report and the National Plan. One of these collaborative projects is the During Nearshore Event eXperiment (DuNEX), described above. The study area in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is depicted below.