Focus and Scope
The International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE) is a biennial conference held under the auspices of the Coastal Engineering Research Council of the COPRI (Coasts, Oceans, Ports, Rivers Institute) of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Proceedings of the ICCE are provided here, with papers covering a wide range of topics including coastal waves, nearshore currents, coastal structures, sediment transport, coastal morphology, beach nourishment, and coastal management.
History of the ICCE
The continuing coordination of the International Conferences on Coastal Engineering is through the Coastal Engineering Research Council of the ASCE. The Research Council began at the instigation of Professor Boris Bakhmeteff who as chairman of the Research Committee of the Engineering Foundation suggested the formation of the Council on Wave Research. The Council was established in June 1950 under the Engineering Foundation. The original motivation of this conference can best be found in the preface of the first conference in 1950: "The Conference on Coastal Engineering at Long Beach was conceived originally as a local meeting of engineers and scientists interested in shoreline problems and was sponsored by the University of California. It early became evident that there was widespread interest in the subject and that the program should be planned on a more ambitious scale. The aim was to aid engineers by summarizing the present state of the art and science related to the design and planning of coastal works rather than to present a series of original scientific contributions. Starting from a rather comprehensive outline, invitations were issued to recognized authorities to report on specific phases of the subject, and the authors cooperated splendidly both in their treatment of the subjects assigned and in their avoidance of overlapping other subjects. Although much remains to be done in the way of developing reliable design methods, the series of papers presented at the conference and published in this volume do represent a rather thorough summary of coastal engineering as now practiced."
Subsequently in 1963 the Council was transferred from the Foundation to the ASCE and was renamed the Coastal Engineering Research Council, which better described its expanded function.
Members of the Foundation and subsequently members of the Council recognized that coastal engineering problems required broad based research to better define the coastal and ocean phenomena with which they dealt. The Foundation felt that it was important that all disciplines working in the coastal area should have an opportunity and be encouraged to communicate with one another through the mechanism of interdisciplinary conferences.
The first conference was held in Long Beach, CA in 1950. The papers which were delivered at that conference were published and became the first coastal engineering conference Proceedings. Although the conferences began with a national focus they quickly became international in scope. After planning and successfully conducting more than 25 conferences on coastal engineering, the Series has been established as the principal conference on coastal engineering in the world. Contributors to the conference represent nearly all coastal nations and the numbers of abstracts which are submitted to consideration are generally twice as large as the available opportunity for presentations. The Proceedings of the conferences are available on this site.