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 CERF is proud to support the Commission on Coastal Systems (CCS), part of the larger International Geographical Union (IGU)

Below is a message from Professor Colin Woodroffe, newly appointed Chair of the CCS and Editorial Board Member to the Journal of Coastal Research (JCR):

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   These are exciting times for coastal science, and I am very pleased to introduce the mid-2015 CCS Newsletter. I encourage you to read about the many initiatives under way, including a range of conferences and workshops that are planned. The Commission on Coastal Systems exists to promote interaction between coastal researchers. The Newsletter provides a forum to disseminate information and encourage international collaborative efforts that will lead to enhanced understanding of the natural and human components of coastal systems. Our continued success will, as always, depend upon the active participation of you, as a member of our commission.

   CCS members will be interested in the transition of LOICZ (land ocean interactions in the coastal zone), a core project of IBGP, into a component of Future Earth, and can read about this in a brief summary by Martin Le Tissier, Executive Officer of Future Earth Coasts. There are several common goals that are shared between this new project and CCS, and I am pleased that Zhongyuan Chen and Yongqiang Zong have proposed a coastal session, jointly sponsored by CCS and LOICZ, at the International Geographical Congress in Beijing next year. I extend my congratulations and thanks to Margarita Stancheva for the success of the coastal sessions she has organised at EGU, and for reporting on these in this Newsletter. It is encouraging to know that several other CCS members are organising or planning other activities.

   As incoming Chair, I would be pleased to hear suggestions on how the commission could be more effective. If you have material that you would like to share, send a brief email to Norb Psuty to have an event reported or publicized in the Newsletter (Norb has continued to do an excellent task in preparing and distributing the Newsletter). You are also very welcome to contact members of the steering committee with suggestions about how the commission can extend its network and the contribution it makes to coastal science.

Colin Woodroffe

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 CERF Trustee and JCR Editorial Board Member,
Professor Allan Williams, meets Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Prof. Allan Williams and the Queen

   One of our Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF) Trustees and Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) Editorial Board Members, Professor Allan Williams (University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Swansea, U.K.), recently had the honour of meeting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Professor Williams was one of 150 Winston Churchill Fellowship members selected out of more than 5,000 to attend and meet her at a reception given at Buckingham Palace. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offers Fellowships to British citizens who want to develop their talents, ideas, and expertise abroad, resulting in knowledge sharing on return to the U.K., and is open to people from all walks of life.

   Professor Williams went to New Zealand and Australia for two months in 1992, to look at coastal processes/conservation management practices in these countries. Since then, he has continued being active in this field having published several books and more than 300 papers (as well as a few novels, short stories, and poems!).

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In Memory of
CERF Trustee and JCR Editorial Board Member
Professor Robert W. Dean 


   Professor Robert W. "Bob" Dean passed away at his house suddenly on 28 February, 2015, from pneumonia. He was 84 years old, and despite health problems had remained very active in research on coastal processes. He had a paper published in the Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) in 2014 and was in the process of working on another paper. We lost a giant in coastal engineering. He taught university students for over 55 years, published many of the seminal coastal engineering and science papers, and worked tirelessly to preserve and restore beaches. He was a long-time member of the Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF), the CERF Board of Directors (Trustees), and the Editorial Board of JCR.
   Bob started his teaching career in 1959 as an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and became the Chairman of the Coastal and Oceanographic Department, University of Florida, in 1966. He became a Professor Emeritus in 2003 and continued research as an Emeritus at the University of Florida until his death. The students that graduated under his tutelage during these years are one of his great legacies.
   Bob publications have had a major influence throughout the world. He authored the book, "Beach Nourishment: Theory and Practice", considered the "bible" of beach nourishment. He co-authored with Professor Tony Dalrymple the classic books, "Water Wave Mechanics for Engineers and Scientists" and "Coastal Processes with Engineering Applications". He had well over 300 publications including 14 papers in the JCR. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering of the National Research Council (NRC) in 1980 and was Chairman of the NRC Committee on "Engineering Implications of Sea Level Change" and the Committee on "Restoration and Protection of Coastal Louisiana", following Hurricane Katrina. He served 18 years on the Coastal Engineering Research Board and chaired the Coastal Engineering Research Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for 12 years.
   He received every major award in coastal engineering and sciences including the ASCE International Coastal Engineer Award, the ASCE John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering, the Gold Medal Award of the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association (FSBPA), the ASCE Award for Significant Contributions in Coastal Engineering and Wave Hydrodynamics, the Morrough P. O'Brien Award of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), both the Jim Purpura and Bill Carlton Awards from FSBPA, and the "Outstanding
Civilian Service Medal" for contributions to Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force forensic studies of Hurricane Katrina.
   Professor Dean was an advocate for preserving beaches and restoring those that had been impacted by human activities. He served from 1985 to 1987 as Director of the Division of Beaches and Shores, Florida Department of Natural Resources. He was an early opponent of taking beach-quality sand out of the littoral system through disposal of dredged material in the ocean, and this practice stopped in Florida years ago. He was an early advocate of Florida's Coastal Construction Control Line that prevents infrastructure encroachment of beaches. He worked tirelessly to protect and restore beaches through his positions as Chair of the Coastal Engineering Technical Advisory Committee of the State of Florida, Chair of the FSBPA, Director of the ASBPA, and a Director of CERF-JCR.

James R. Houston, Ph.D.
Director Emeritus
Engineer Research and Development Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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 The Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF) proudly acknowledges one of our Trustees and JCR Editorial Board Members:

Professor Marcel Stive

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   For his 'innovative research and educational contributions to the field of coastal engineering and for his public service to his own and other countries', professor Marcel Stive of Delft University of Technology has been awarded with the 2015 International Coastal Engineering award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The award will be handed out at in September during the 2015 Coastal Structures and Solutions to Coastal Disasters Joint Conference in Boston, USA.

   The annual award selection is made by a committee from the semiautonomous Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI), the official institute of the ASCE. In selecting this year's award, the committee particularly noted the contributions by Marcel Stive to hydraulic engineering.

   Professor Stive is Department Head of Hydraulic Engineering at Delft University of Technology and is world renowned for his research and projects in the fields of hydraulic engineering, coastal morphodynamics, coastal biogeomorphology, and coastal and estuarine management. Prof. Stive is one of the inventors of the Sand Engine, a 128-acre artificial peninsula off the Dutch coast that has been created as an innovative way of beach nourishment. Recently, Prof. Stive was also awarded the biannual Coastal Award that will be presented to him at the Coastal Sediments conference in May 2015 in San Diego, USA.

   Marcel Stive studied Civil engineering at the Delft University of Technology, where he graduated in 1977 and received his doctorate in 1988. After graduating in 1977, Prof. Stive started working at WL-Delft Hydraulics, where he worked until 1992. In 1992, he became a professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. Then, in 1994, he returned to WL-Delft Hydraulics and at the same time began to work as a professor of Coastal Morphodynamics at the Delft University of Technology. Since 2001, Prof. Stive has served as professor of Coastal Engineering at Delft University of Technology and scientific director of the Water Research Centre Delft since 2003.


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