The Coastal Engineering Literature and the Field Engineer

A. W. Sam Smith


The coastal engineer who works largely full time in the field and on prototype conditions, keeps up to date, by practicing in two domains concurrently. The first is carried out in the field and consists of observing, collecting data, collating it and researching the results. The second domain consists of his on-going studies, basically continually reading the literature and where possible attending suitable coastal conferences. The first domain has hardly changed at all in the last 30 years, apart from the deployment of much more sophisticated and often much less reliable sensors, but in only the last 10 years, the second (or study) domain has changed nearly beyond recognition.



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