USCRP convenes federal researchers, academics, and stakeholders in strategic workshops that provide foundational guidance for not only future USCRP program activities, but also external, synergistic efforts in the coastal research arena.
The USCRP was conceptualized during this 2014 workshop that developed a vision for nearshore processes research where societal needs and science challenges intersect. The vision was comprised of three broad research themes: long-term coastal evolution due to natural and anthropogenic processes; extreme events: flooding, erosion, and subsequent recovery; and the physical, biological and chemical processes impacting human and ecosystem health.
Authoritative Product: The seminal Nearshore Report is a consensus document that recommended multi-agency investment into a program to coordinate and fund research to address the above themes.
In March 2016, federal representatives met in Washington, D.C. to inventory ongoing federal research efforts in long-term coastal evolution, extreme events, human and ecosystem health, and research infrastructure. The goal was to identify opportunities for collaboration as well as research gaps or areas of societal concern that would benefit from scientific research.
Authoritative Product: The National Plan highlighted over 350 federal and non-federal coastal research efforts, as well as examples of successful interagency collaborations. The plan provided recommendations for immediate execution and long-term planning toward increased collaboration to gain efficiencies.
Stakeholders and federal and academic researchers met in late 2016 to develop national-scale, collaborative research plans that would include federal and non-federal partners. These projects were supposed to address problems and topics that would make significant advancements through combined agency/researcher collaboration.
Outcomes: Several important collaborative projects were developed during this workshop including the Coastal Model Test Bed, DUNEX, and a rapid deployment plan that led to the NSF-funded Nearshore Extreme Events Reconnaissance (NEER).