What is Coastal and Ocean Engineering?
Coastal and Ocean Engineers work at the interface between land and sea and in the open ocean and are skilled in understanding this dynamic natural environment. This provides the specialised knowledge needed to ensure safe and ecologically sustainable development of our nearshore zone, vital ports and harbours and valuable offshore resources.
Coastal and Ocean Engineers work in either the private sector as consulting engineers, project managers, construction contractors, or in specialised government organisations and university teaching and research.
About the National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering
The National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering (NCCOE) is a specialist sub-committee of the Civil College within Engineers Australia. It represents the professional interests of Australian Coastal and Ocean Engineers.
Following a period of consultation that included a workshop at Coasts and Ports 2001, the NCCOE established the following priorities:
- Improve management of the coastal zone through understanding of the coastal environment.
- Develop strategies for hazards and risks in the coastal zone.
- Establish a national coastal and near-ocean data program integrating advanced technologies such as satellite, airborne and shore-based remote sensing.
The Committee will continue to work on these research priorities and your comments are always welcome.
Guidelines for Responding to the Effects of Climate Change in Coastal and Ocean Engineering 2017
Examines possible climate change scenarios affecting coastal engineering.
Guidelines for Working with the Australian Coast in an Ecologically Sustainable Way
Directed primarily at professional engineers practicing in the coastal zone and allied professionals such as planners and managers with decision making roles. Also available in hardcopy from EA Books.
Climate Change Adaptation Guidelines in Coastal Management and Planning
Examines possible climate change scenarios affecting coastal engineering. Also available from EA Books.
A discount is offered for all three Guidelines at EA Books.
Presentations and brochures
- Why do we need more women in coastal and how do we facilitate change?
Presented by Tanya Stul, Chair of NCCOE at the first Women in Coastal Geosciences and Engineering sundowner at Coasts & Ports 2017
- Coastal Implications and Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change
Presented by Robert J. Nicholls, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
- Sustainable Dredging and Sediment Management: Assessing and Managing Environmental Effects and Benefits
Presented by Todd Bridges, US Army Corps of Engineers
- A Career in Coastal Engineering - Download the brochure
Coasts and Ports DVDs
- The proceedings of the biennial Australasian Coastal and Ocean Conference series from 1973 - 2005 are now available on DVD and can be ordered from EA Books. Download Order Form
Research Priorities for Coastal and Ocean Engineering in Australia
Following discussion at a committee meeting held in Canberra during April, 2014 it was resolved that the ‘Research Priorities for Coastal and Ocean Engineering in Australia’ ought to be reviewed and updated as is found to be necessary. It is envisaged that the review of the priority goals and the document prepared in 2000 could be completed during the latter part of 2014.
Following a period of consultation including a workshop held at Coasts and Ports 2001, the National Committee for Coastal and Ocean Engineering has established the following priority goals:
- Improved management of the coastal zone through understanding of the coastal environment.
- Developing strategies for hazards and risk in the coastal zone.
- Establishment of a national coastal and near-ocean data program integrating advanced technologies such as satellite, airborne and shore-based remote sensing.
Coastal and Ocean Engineering awards
For any enquiries regarding the National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering please contact:
11 National Cct
Barton ACT 2600
To contact Member Services please call 1300 653 113